Lithuania has stopped importing gas from Russia and calls on the EU to do so

Lithuania claims to have completely abandoned gas imports from Russia and has apparently become the first of the 27 European Union countries to use Russian gas to end its energy dependence on Moscow.

“In pursuit of full energy independence from Russian gas, in response to Russia’s energy blackmail in Europe and the war in Ukraine, Lithuania has completely abandoned Russian gas,” the Ministry of Energy said in a statement late Saturday, adding that the measure came into force at the outset. in April

Lithuania managed to reduce its imports of Russian gas to zero on Saturday, which was an important step towards energy independence in the former Soviet republic of 2.8 million, the ministry said.

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“We are the first EU country among Gazprom’s supply countries to gain independence from Russia’s gas supply, and this is the result of a long-term consistent energy policy and timely infrastructure decisions,” said Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda posted an cheerful tweet in his account and urged other European nations to do so.

“From this month, there will be no Russian gas in Lithuania. Many years ago, my country made decisions that today allow us to end energy ties with the aggressor without pain. If we can do it, so can the rest of Europe! Drifting on Twitter.

In 2015, almost 100 percent of gas supplied by Lithuania was imported in Russian gas, but the situation has changed dramatically in recent years after the construction of an offshore LNG terminal in Klaipeda in 2014, which started operating in 2014.

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The Ministry of Energy announced that from now on all gas for domestic consumption in Lithuania will be imported through the Klaipėda LNG terminal.

Last year, about 26% of Lithuania’s gas was supplied from the Russian gas pipeline, 62% through the Klaipėda LNG terminal, and the remaining 12% was imported from a gas storage facility in neighboring Latvia.

The Baltic neighbors Latvia and Estonia are also heavily dependent on Russian gas, but the Latvian natural gas storage operator said on 2 April. none of the three Baltic countries imported Russian gas.

Uldis Bariss, CEO of Conexus Baltic Grid, told the Latvian media on Saturday that the Baltic gas market is currently served by underground gas reserves in Latvia.

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė stated last month that the Klaipėda LNG terminal would not have enough capacity to supply gas to all three Baltic countries.

As a solution, the Estonian government proposed to build an LNG terminal together with Latvia and the Nordic neighbor Finland in the Estonian port city of Paldiski, which is close to the capital Tallinn.

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