Germany triggers 'alarm phase' of emergency gas plan, accuses Russia of 'economic attack'


2022-06-23: [Article Link]  Germany triggered, on 23 June local time, the second phase of its emergency gas plan, the “alarm phase”, which was designed to respond to the decline in the supply of Russian gas, while the German sounding of the gas supply alert was the latest escalation of the stalemate between Europe and Moscow since the Russian-Ukraine conflict. According to Reuters, Germany has been in the first phase since late March, in the face of a decline in Russian gas deliveries. Germany has announced a second phase since last week’s reduction of 40% of its capacity in the volume of gas delivered to Germany through North Creek 1. At this stage, markets are still functioning, and the state will intervene in the last phase (phase III). Reports suggest that this has exposed the EU’s dependence on Russian gas supplies, and that the West has also begun a frenzy search for alternative sources of energy following the sanctions on Russia. Germany’s entry into the “alarm phase” is largely a symbolic initiative aimed at sending a signal to businesses and households about to cut. At the same time, it marks a major shift in energy. The close and powerful energy flow between Germany and Russia dates back to the cold war period, and Germany will be at risk of recession if Russia completely stops its natural gas supply. “We cannot fool ourselves; Putin’s economic attack on us is the cut in the supply of natural gas.” German economic minister Habeck stressed in his statement that “from now on, natural gas will be a scarce commodity in Germany. Already in the summer, we must reduce gas consumption.” Reports say that Russia denies that there has been a deliberate reduction in production, and that Russia’s natural gas industry shares blame Western sanctions for delaying the return of maintenance equipment to Russia.


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Germany triggers 'alarm phase' of emergency gas plan, accuses Russia of 'economic attack'


2022-06-23: [Article Link]  Germany triggered, on 23 June local time, the second phase of its emergency gas plan, the “alarm phase”, which was designed to respond to the decline in the supply of Russian gas, while the German sounding of the gas supply alert was the latest escalation of the stalemate between Europe and Moscow since the Russian-Ukraine conflict. According to Reuters, Germany has been in the first phase since late March, in the face of a decline in Russian gas deliveries. Germany has announced a second phase since last week’s reduction of 40% of its capacity in the volume of gas delivered to Germany through North Creek 1. At this stage, markets are still functioning, and the state will intervene in the last phase (phase III). Reports suggest that this has exposed the EU’s dependence on Russian gas supplies, and that the West has also begun a frenzy search for alternative sources of energy following the sanctions on Russia. Germany’s entry into the “alarm phase” is largely a symbolic initiative aimed at sending a signal to businesses and households about to cut. At the same time, it marks a major shift in energy. The close and powerful energy flow between Germany and Russia dates back to the cold war period, and Germany will be at risk of recession if Russia completely stops its natural gas supply. “We cannot fool ourselves; Putin’s economic attack on us is the cut in the supply of natural gas.” German economic minister Habeck stressed in his statement that “from now on, natural gas will be a scarce commodity in Germany. Already in the summer, we must reduce gas consumption.” Reports say that Russia denies that there has been a deliberate reduction in production, and that Russia’s natural gas industry shares blame Western sanctions for delaying the return of maintenance equipment to Russia.

Note: This is a translated version of the Chinese news media article. A mature and nuanced reading is suggested.

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