EU bought more than €6 bln worth of gas from Russia in 2023: media found out who paid the Kremlin the most
European Union (EU) countries purchased more than €6 billion worth of liquefied natural gas from the terrorist state of Russia in 2023. France and Spain are among the largest buyers.
Only China has purchased more Russian LNG than them. This is stated in the material of The Telegraph.
Thus, in general, more than half of the gas exported by Russia went to the bloc states. Spain alone paid the Kremlin 1.8 billion euros in the first 9 months of this year.
Spain is followed by France, which paid 1.5 billion euros, and Belgium is next. Brussels has purchased 1.36 billion euros worth of Russian LNG.
Earlier this year, EU Energy Commissioner Catherine Simson called on the bloc to reduce its dependence on Russian LNG. Representatives of Spain and Belgium argue that their large purchases are likely the result of traders storing Russian LNG in their ports.
In September, Spanish Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said that there were no plans to ban Russian LNG, despite the sharp increase in imports from the bloc. "There is a sense of shortage and fear," she said, referring to concerns about energy shortages.
As OBOZ.UA reported earlier, polls show that the mood in Germany has changed - only 14% of respondents believe that Germany will face serious problems in energy supply this winter. Although a year ago, Germans were afraid of being left without Russian natural gas.
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