The West did not impose sanctions on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine only because the European Union needs it, and others do not have enough of it.
The transit of Russian gas to Europe through Ukraine continues without interruption, despite the war between Russia and Ukraine. Even if Serbia stops receiving it through Ukraine (the usual route), which is not planned for now, the entire transport has already been transferred to TurkStream.
Asked to comment on the fact that the measures imposed on Russia do not include a ban on further supply of Russian gas to Europe, Srecko Djukic, economist and former Serbian Ambassador to Belarus, said that gas was not on the list of EU sanctions against Russia.
“The European Union needs gas from Russia and Russia needs its market, so mutual interests have not been interrupted. Neither side has an alternative. “[Gazprom] continued to supply gas through Ukrainian pipelines, complying with the current contract, and will continue deliveries up to 40 billion cubic meters per year,” Djukic says for Politika daily.
In Serbia, it seems that all quantities of gas arrive through the TurkStream gas pipeline.
Asked how realistic it is to rely on Israel’s gas, since Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic had spoken with this country’s Ambassador last week, highlighting Serbia’s interest in gas cooperation, Djukic said that Israel is not a real possibility, but a future variant of the Eastern Mediterranean project.
“For now, that idea is very far from being realized. We have no gas connection with Israel, nor has this country established itself as a producer of liquefied natural gas,” Djukic concludes.
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