Europe told to get ready now for Russia to turn off all gas exports to region

IEA chief warns that Russia may be trying to prevent countries filling storage facilities ahead of winter

  • What happens if Russia turns off Europe’s gas supply this winter?

Europe needs to prepare immediately for Russia to turn off all gas exports to the region this winter, according to the head of the International Energy Agency, who has called on governments to work on reducing demand and keeping nuclear power plants open.

Fatih Birol said reductions in supplies in recent weeks which the Kremlin has attributed to maintenance work could, in fact, be the beginning of wider cuts designed to prevent the filling of storage facilities in preparation for winter, as Russia seeks to gain leverage over the region.

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