Lithuania has decided to stop importing natural gas from Russia, making it the first EU country to completely abandon Russian gas, the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania said.
“In an effort to achieve 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 Lithuanian gas transmission system operates without Russian gas imports from beginning of this month “, said the statement of the Lithuanian Ministry of Energy.
All of Lithuania’s gas needs are now being met through the liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipeda. For the foreseeable future, customers have placed orders for gas transportation only through the terminal. If necessary, gas can also be supplied to Lithuania through the gas connection with Latvia, and from 1 May – through the interconnection with the Polish gas network.
Energy Minister Dainius Kreivis stressed that this is a turning point in Lithuania’s history of energy independence:
“We are the first EU country among Gazprom beneficiaries to be independent of Russian gas supplies, and this is the result of long-term coherence, energy policy and timely infrastructure solutions,” he said.
Russia’s energy blackmail in Europe
On March 23, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia had decided to accept payment for gas supplied to Europe in Russian rubles only.
Under these circumstances, Russia’s request to pay for ruble gas is losing its meaning, as Lithuania no longer orders Russian gas and does not intend to pay for it.
Gas transiting Lithuania continues to be transported for the needs of Koenigsberg (Kaliningrad), but in a different technical way than usual, ensuring the transfer of only the amount of gas in transit.
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