Going against EU policy, Hungary secures deal to deliver more Russian gas

While the European Union is seeking to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Hungary, contrary to the policy desired by the Commission, has announced an agreement with Russia which will allow it to increase its gas supply in anticipation of a winter which does not look auspicious in terms of energy.

While the European Union is trying to get rid of Russian gas as quickly as possible at the risk of incurring energy shortages this winter, EU member Hungary is taking the opposite path. Also, on Saturday, the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the conclusion of an “agreement” which would allow Budapest to have more Russian gas delivered than the quantities initially provided for in the contract signed with the giant Gazprom, via the Turkstream gas pipeline. which supplies Hungary via Serbia.

2.6 million additional cubic meters every day

« It is the duty of the Hungarian government to ensure a secure gas supply for the country, and we are up to it. “, supported on Facebook Tamas Menczer, a senior official of the ministry, who specified that until the end of August, 2.6 million additional cubic meters will arrive daily by Turkstream. Regarding the month of November, negotiations are underway, he also indicated.

In July, the Hungarian Foreign Minister, Peter Szijjarto, went to Moscow to negotiate the delivery of an additional 700 million cubic meters, which would come on top of the 4.5 billion delivered each year to Budapest before the conflict in Ukraine.

85% dependent on Russian gas, Hungary is fiercely opposed to any European sanctions on energy.

See also: Anti-Russian sanctions: for Orban, the EU has “shot itself in the lungs”

Hungary fears the arrival of “heating period”

« If we look at the situation on the market, we see clearly – whether we like it or not, whether we like it or not – that without Russia’s resources it is impossible to obtain an additional 700 million cubic meters of gas . We can dream, we can have illusions, but physical reality remains physical reality. Without Russian resources, it is simply impossible to buy such an amount of additional gas in Europe “, had declared the head of the Hungarian diplomacy during his visit to Moscow, saying to fear the arrival of the ” heating period ».

« Europe must prepare for a total disruption of its supply of Russian gas. This is why the Member States have agreed to reduce their gas demand by 15% between August 1 and March 31. “, had for its part explained on Twitter the European Commission on August 7, accusing Russia of using gas to put pressure on Europe.

This Hungarian announcement comes at a time when a European Union text, which entered into force on August 5, provides that each Member State must “ everything possible to reduce, between August 2022 and March 2023, its gas consumption by at least 15% compared to the average of the last five years over the same period.

See also: The 27 EU energy ministers agree on an energy austerity plan

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