Accessibility links

Breaking News

European Cold Weather Prompts Record Volumes From Russian Gas Giant Gazprom

Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom said it was pumping record volumes to Europe amid unusually cold temperatures.

The January 7 announcement underscored the degree to which many European countries remain heavily dependent on Russian supplies.

Gazprom said in a statement that the daily volume on January 6 exceeded its previous record, set one day earlier, by nearly 1 million cubic meters. Most of that is delivered through the Nord Stream pipeline under the Baltic Sea.

The state-controlled company delivers about one-third of the European Union's natural gas.

EU countries, led by Germany, have sought to diversify their energy supplies away from Russia, as political tensions continue.

Supplies were interrupted midwinter in 2005 and again in 2009 after a price dispute with Ukraine. That led to the construction of Nord Stream, which bypasses Ukraine and goes directly to Germany.

Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 sent relations with the West spiraling to new lows.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.