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Putin calls for the lifting of restrictions on Russian grain exports


Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed on Tuesday evening to put the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline into operation in order to increase gas supplies to Europe.

“We have prepared another route: it’s Nord Stream 2. It can be launched,” Putin said while discussing ways to solve the energy crisis in Europe, the TASS news agency reported.

The commissioning of Nord Stream 2 is one of the ways to increase Russian gas supplies to Europe, although half of its capacity has already been allocated for domestic consumption, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists, adding that the route is currently “problematic”. be.

“A month and a half ago, in a conversation with (German) Chancellor Olaf Scholz, we discussed this issue, and I raised this issue, I said that Gazprom has assigned capabilities and must do something about it, they cannot be there Air forever,” said the Russian President.

“So I warned that we would then use half of the volume envisaged for Nord Stream for consumption and domestic use. Even if we launch Nord Stream 2 tomorrow, it won’t be 55 billion cubic meters per year, but exactly half.” Putin added.

In this context, Putin emphasized that the Russian gas company Gazprom has always fulfilled its gas delivery obligations and will continue to do so.

“Gazprom has always fulfilled, fulfilled and will continue to fulfill all its obligations,” he said.

Russian gas giant Gazprom announced a month ago that it would cut its supplies through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which connects Russia with Germany, by 40 percent, although it blamed this on delays in the repair of several pieces of equipment by the US company Deutsch Siemens.

Regarding the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, Putin has hinted that if Russia does not recover a turbine, this route can be used to pump just 30 million cubic meters of gas per day instead of the current 60 million.

“If one more comes, well, two of them will work. And if not, only one, which is only 30 million cubic meters per day,” he explained.

On the other hand, this Tuesday, Putin urged lifting Western restrictions on Russian grain in order to make progress on exports of Ukrainian agricultural products, which are currently blocked in the country by the Kremlin offensive.

“We will facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain, but on the basis that all restrictions related to air shipments for the export of Russian grain will be lifted,” the Russian president said.

In this regard, he said: “The Americans have practically removed restrictions on Russian fertilizer supplies to the world market. If they seriously want to improve the situation on world food markets, I hope that the same will happen with export shipments of Russian grain.” . We are ready immediately. Our export potential is 30 million tons of grain, and depending on the results of the current year it will be 50 million tons.”

Source europapress.es

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