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Russias Gazprom cuts gas supplies to Latvia over violation

Russia's Gazprom cuts gas supplies to Latvia over 'violation'

A Gazprom office in St. Petersburg, Russia, on July 21. Gazprom said Saturday that it could cut gas supplies toLatvia over allegations that the united states had violated its contract terms. File Photo by Anatoly Maltsev/EPA-EFE

July 30 (UPI) — Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom said Saturday that it could cut gas supplies to Latvia over allegations that the united states had violated its contract terms.

“Today Gazprom stopped gas supplies to Latvia,” the business said in a statement to Telegram, adding that your choice was made “because of violation of the conditions for gas withdrawal.”

Your choice from Gazprom comes just days following the company said it could further slash the quantity of gas it supplies to Germany through the Nord Stream pipeline.

Gas flows to Germany had recently been slowed to 40% of capacity after an annual maintenance shutdown earlier this month.

Gazprom, in its statement, blamed issues with the engine of a turbine created by Siemens at the Portovaya compressor station for the reduction.

However, Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection said in a statement that “there is absolutely no technical reason behind a decrease in gas deliveries” and that no sanctions stemming from Russia’s war in Ukraine were preventing their imports.

Russia provided 55% of Germany’s gas supply prior to the invasion of Ukraine but that number has significantly dropped since, THE BRAND NEW York Times reported, leaving German officials worried about the country’s supply before winter.

Gazprom has recently reduced or entirely stopped deliveries of gas to twelve EU countries including Poland and Bulgaria for refusing to cover in rubles, which Russia had demanded in retaliation for sanctions which have been placed on the united states for invading Ukraine.

The EU announced Tuesday it’ll start rationing gas when confronted with Russia’s pullback on energy.

Latvia is a vocal critic of the war in Ukraine and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkvis on Saturday condemned the “brutal murder of Ukrainian POWs by Russian MILITARY in Olenivka and ongoing atrocities committed by the Russian military against Ukraine.”

“EU must consider Russia as state sponsor of terrorism,” Rinkvis said. “I reiterate proposal to impose EU tourist visa ban for Russian citizens.”

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