Russia is ready to resume gas supplies to Europe through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which was previously halted for political reasons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told Russian state news agency TASS on Sunday.
“The European market remains relevant, as the shortage of gas persists, and we have every opportunity to resume supply. For example, the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which was stopped for political reasons, remains unused,” Novak said.
There is an increase in gas demand from Europe, Novak said, according to TASS.
“Today, we can say with confidence that there is a demand for our gas. Therefore, we continue to consider Europe as a potential market for the sale of our products. It is clear that a large-scale campaign was launched against us, which ended with acts of sabotage against Nord Stream,” he said.
Russia has been in an energy standoff with Europe since it invaded Ukraine in February.
In May, just 44 hours after Ukraine cut the flow of natural gas through its territory to Europe, blaming interference by Russian troops, Gazprom halted supplies through the Yamal-Europe pipeline that runs through Poland and stopped ‘send gas to a distributor in Germany. According to state news agency RIA Novosti, Gazprom was forced to suspend supplies due to sanctions on its parent company, EuRoPol GAZ.
In December, gas supplies from west to east Germany to Poland also temporarily stopped, “dropping to zero,” TASS reports.