(Reuters) – French Energy Transition Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said France had prepared for the scenario of a further cut in Russian gas supplies, after Russian energy giant Gazprom announced on Tuesday that he completely suspended his deliveries to Engie.
“Russia uses gas as a weapon of war and takes the pretext of the application of contracts by Engie to further reduce French supplies which had already drastically decreased,” she said in a statement.
“France has been preparing for this scenario since the spring: the filling of gas stocks will reach its maximum in about two weeks,” she assured. “We have diversified our imports so that we are only 9% dependent on Russian gas (against 17% before the war)”.
(Report Elizabeth Pineau, written by Jean Terzian)
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