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The Czech energy minister said on Tuesday that a new drastic cut in gas supplies announced by Gazprom was “further proof” that Europe “needs to reduce its dependence on Russia as soon as possible”, as its country secures the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union. .

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“Solidarity and solidarity are the best weapons we have against (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, and I’m sure that’s what we’ll show today,” Joseph Sigela said ahead of a meeting in Brussels on the 27th. Plan to reduce gas consumption in the EU.

Gazprom announced on Monday that it would sharply cut Russian gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream gas pipeline to 33 million m3 per day, citing the need to maintain a turbine, which means around 20% of the pipeline’s capacity.

The European Commission last week proposed to cut European gas demand by 15% from August, to cope with falling Russian supplies and get through the winter without a major disaster. Russia accounted for 40% of EU gas imports until last year.

The Brussels plan, which will be discussed by member states on Tuesday, provides that each country must do “everything possible” to reduce its gas consumption by at least 15% compared to the average between August 2022 and March 2023. During the same period in the last five years.

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