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“The recent sharp cuts by Russia in natural gas flows to the European Union means that this is the first month in history that the European Union has imported more LNG from the United States via a pipeline from Russia.” Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency writes on Twitter. “The decline in Russian supplies requires efforts to reduce EU demand and prepare for a harsh winter,” he adds.

Russia’s giant Gazprom cut gas production by 8.6% in the first six months of 2022 and exports to non-Commonwealth of Independent States (CSI, former Soviet Republics) countries by 31%. Gazprom declared itself, according to TASS. The daily average of exports in June decreased by a quarter compared to last May.

Nord Stream gas pipelines will be closed from July 11 to 21: the operator Nord Stream Ag, which was acquired by Russian agencies TASS and Interfax, reported that the outage was due to “maintenance work”. “From July 11-21, 2022, Nord Stream Ag will carry out the temporary shutdown of both pipelines in Nord Stream to carry out planned maintenance work, including tests of mechanical components and automation systems to ensure efficient, safe and reliable operation of the pipeline,” states the letter from Nord Stream Ag.

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