Lithuania announces that it is the first European country to stop imports of Russian gas

The Lithuanian government announced this Saturday that it has stopped Russian gas imports, becoming the first European country to do so, according to Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.

Lithuania’s gas transmission system operates no Russian gas imports since the beginning of this month “in response to the Russian blackmail of Europe and the war in Ukraine,” the Energy Ministry said in a statement.

All of the Baltic republic’s gas needs will now be covered from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in the port city of Klaipeda, the same source added.

According to the terminal operator, Klaipedos Nafta, each month they will receive three large shipments that will suffice to meet the demand of all customers. If necessary, the Ministry said, it will also be possible to receive gas through the connection with neighboring Latvia and, as of May 1, from Poland.

Kreivys stated that this is a “turning point” for the energy independence of the countryadding that it is the result “of a coherent multi-year energy policy and infrastructure decisions taken at the right time.”

The Ministry stressed that under the circumstances, Moscow’s demand that the gas be paid for in rubles “does not make sense”, since Lithuania will no longer order any more orders, supplied so far through Belarus, and therefore “does not think pay”.


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