In the context of increasing demand in the Old World, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Rosneft to submit a project to deliver natural gas to Europe before March, which is currently held by Gazprom.
According to the Russian agency Intefax, the president ordered the government to submit a proposal to transport 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas with Rosneft and Gazprom by March 2022.
When asked about this, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied: “This problem is indeed being resolved in the government.”
The public giant Rosneft (British BP owns nearly 20% of the shares) is Russia’s leading oil group.
Igor Setchine, the powerful boss of Rosneft and close to Vladimir Putin, has recently repeatedly asked the Russian President to take advantage of the soaring natural gas prices to cancel Gazprom’s approval of pipeline transportation. Monopoly of natural gas to Europe.
Due to the economic recovery and the improvement of the Covid-19-related pandemic, demand has increased. One-third of Europe’s natural gas comes from Russia and has been facing soaring natural gas prices for several months.
Although Gazprom has fulfilled its contractual obligations to Europe, the group has not fulfilled as many of its natural gas pipelines as possible.
Some countries blamed part of the price increase on Moscow and have been accused of trying to accelerate the commissioning of the controversial Beixi 2 natural gas pipeline. Russia denies and, in turn, questions the European decision.
Opening Gazprom’s natural gas pipeline to Rosneft will enable Russia to comply with the European Energy Directive, under which European suppliers cannot control the delivered products and delivery infrastructure.
This is an obstacle for Gazprom, which is awaiting German approval for the trial operation of its controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.