President Putin accused Kyiv of siphoning off Russian gas that is kept in underground storage in Ukraine pending future shipments on to Europe. He pointed to unnamed “private companies, including foreign ones” as those stealing Russian gas.
Gazprom, the Russian state-owned gas company, has not made any similar claims or commented on the president’s claims.
Russia’s top energy officials have said that Moscow is ready to sell more gas to Europe but only under new long-term contracts.
Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel held talks with President Putin late on Monday in a bid to secure emergency gas supplies from Russia and drive down sky-rocketing energy prices.
Meanwhile, France, Spain, Romania, Greece and the Czech Republic have called on the EU to set up joint procurement of emergency shipments from Russia as winter approaches.
The gas crisis in Europe is compounded by rising energy prices in China. Coal has reached record prices and floods have ravaged the norther mining regions fuelling power stations and manufacturing.
Mr Putin said that Russia has agreed in principle to building a second gas pipeline to China via Mongolia.
He added that Russia is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2060, compared to 2050 in the UK.
Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/10/13/vladimir-putin-denies-blackmailing-europe-gas-saying-has-no/239