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German minister proposes cycling, reducing heaters to make Putin uncomfortable

in an interview published in a newspaper Funk On April 15, German Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck urged “Patriots” to save energy because it would make Russian President Vladimir Putin “uncomfortable”.

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German Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck


Green Party politician Mr Harbeck said people could save 10 per cent on energy and suggested “very simple” measures such as closing curtains at night to prevent heat loss and reducing the temperature by one degree, according to AFP. .

“If at Easter (April 17) we can ride a bike or take a train, that’s fine too. It saves you money and upsets Mr Putin,” Habeck said.

Until now, EU countries, especially Germany, have opposed a ban on Russian gas imports because of their high reliance on this supply. Germany has cut its gas imports from Russia to 40 percent from 55 percent before the Ukrainian war. However, Habeck estimated last week that the country will not be able to cut off supplies from Russia until mid-2024.

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An oil field in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia


Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on April 15 that the EU will not be able to completely replace Russia’s oil and gas in the next 5-10 years.

Sputnik cited Mr Novak’s article in magazine Energy policy U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers are eager to gain market share in Europe, but a lack of infrastructure is hampering exports from Washington, the statement said. The EU considers suppliers such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Algeria, but the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said members would not be able to offset Russian supplies.

Russia will sell oil to ‘friendly’ countries at any price

Novak pointed out that South America and South Africa could replace Russia in terms of coal resources, but experts believe that due to logistics costs and high demand, it is difficult for these regions to provide reasonable prices.

The European Union was preparing to impose sanctions on Russian oil and gas, but approving those sanctions would require canceling existing contracts, finding alternative sources and preventing the avoidance of an embargo, AFP news agency quoted European officials as saying on the same day. “It can’t be done overnight. It will take at least a few months,” said an official involved in a plan to cut Russia’s energy imports.

Last week, the European Union announced a ban on Russian coal imports, but the measure was only implemented in mid-August and affects Russian coal exports by 8 billion euros a year.