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Germany, which is largely dependent on Russia for its natural gas purchases, is preparing for a harsh winter. Drawing attention to rising energy prices, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that poor families are facing losing their homes.
The energy crisis that started with Russia’s war against Ukraine EuropeIt continues to affect deeply.
After the Kremlin announced that gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline will not resume fully unless Russia lifts sanctions against Moscow GermanyA remarkable warning came from .
Germany drawing attention to rising energy prices President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated that this situation can cause poor people and especially families to lose their homes.
Klaus Müller, Chairman of the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the agency that regulates the energy market in Germany, announced that if Russia cuts off its gas supply completely, the gas storage facilities in the country can meet the demand for a maximum of 2.5 months.
Steinmeier underlined that poor families have difficulty in meeting rent and other wages due to rising prices in his speech at the invitation he gave for Homeless Day.
Steinmeier made the following statements in his speech;
‘Families in particular are at risk of losing their homes. Also, people looking for a home may have a harder time finding affordable housing.’
U-TURN IN NUCLEAR ENERGY FROM GERMANY
Recently, Economy Minister Robert Habeck made a statement that meant the suspension of the zero-nuclear policy announced by then-Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2011.
Habeck, the government’s anti-nuclear partner, said that “two of the three remaining nuclear power plants in the country will remain operational until mid-April 2023, just in case.”
This decision of Germany is interpreted as a ‘U-turn’ in the foreign press.
After the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Merkel decided to abandon atomic energy completely, and 3 of the 6 power plants in the country were shut down.
Russian state energy company Gazprom announced in April that it would suspend natural gas flow to GasTerra, which refuses to pay in rubles for the gas it supplies.
GasTerra, on the other hand, made a statement regarding the ruble payments and stated that Gazprom’s payment obligations for Russian natural gas would not be fulfilled.
Europe is preparing for the harshest winter of the last period after the Ukraine war and Russia’s cut off natural gas.
Gazprom had also cut off gas supplies to Finland, which had previously refused to pay in rubles.
WHICH COUNTRIES ARE ON THE LIST?
With the decree signed by Putin, the list of ‘unfriendly countries’ became official in the past weeks.
The list published by the Russian government included the USA and all EU countries. Ukraine, Montenegro, Switzerland, Albania, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, North Macedonia, as well as Japan, South Korea, Australia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan were also on the list.