German media state with relief: Europeans will not freeze this winter


In Europe, due to the high cost and lack of gas on the eve of winter, the energy crisis is growing. Many Western experts blame Russia for this, while others are trying to calm everyone down and say that the Europeans will be able to cope with the current problems. In particular, energy expert Mikhail Krutikhin adheres to this opinion.


In a conversation with the German newspaper Die Tageszeitung, the analyst noted that Moscow is conducting policies "Italian strike" against Europe, fulfilling all agreements on gas supplies, but avoiding concluding other contracts. At the same time, Gazprom is actually acting at a loss, refusing to trade gas on the spot market, where the price of “blue fuel” is higher than when long-term agreements are concluded. According to the expert, the Kremlin's political games are sometimes costly for the Russian gas corporation.

The goal of the Russian Federation in this case is to make it clear to Europe that it has rushed with its "green" energy agenda and is almost entirely dependent on Russian supplies. Along the way, Vladimir Putin is intimidating the Europeans with the coming cold winter, hinting at the need to launch Nord Stream 2.

Thus, according to Krutikhin, Russia has turned gas trade into a way to achieve political goals. In reality, however, European UGS facilities are filled enough to withstand a typical winter. Moreover, Gazprom is not the only supplier of gaseous fuel to European countries.

In addition to gas from Gazprom, some European countries have their own gas, you can also buy natural gas from Norway, and there is an opportunity to receive LNG. Europeans will not freeze

- believes Mikhail Krutikhin (quoted by Die Tageszeitung).
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  1. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 29 October 2021 17: 29
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    At the same time, Gazprom is actually acting at a loss, refusing to trade gas on the spot market, where the price of “blue fuel” is higher than when long-term agreements are concluded. According to the expert, the Kremlin's political games are sometimes costly for the Russian gas corporation.

    - Of course, Gazprom is acting at a loss ... - It's not even clear at all what Gazprom is guided by ...
    - There is an agreement on the supply of Russian gas to Western Europe ... - on deliveries at such and such a time and in such and such volumes ... - And Gazprom fulfills the terms of the agreement ...
    - And the fact that Gazprom got scared that Western Europe might suddenly not like the fact that Gazprom, in addition to these gas supplies, can also sell Russian gas on the spot market (to which it has every right) ... - these are already "Gazprom's own timid actions "... -There is absolutely nothing clear ... - why then go to this" European forest "; if you are afraid of these "Western European wolves" ... - If you remember the saying:

    Wolves are afraid - do not go to the forest

    Thus, according to Krutikhin, Russia has turned gas trade into a way to achieve political goals.

    - Yes, the opposite is true ... - having good economic and political leverage - Russia itself voluntarily shows weakness and lack of political will; which inspires its Western partners to make more arrogant demands and more decisive actions in relation to Russia ...
  2. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 29 October 2021 19: 16
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    Mikhail Ivanovich Krutikhin - economic analyst, specialist in the oil and gas market, translator, journalist, historian and orientalist, ex-editor-in-chief of the American magazine Russian Petroleum Investor


    In my opinion, it is so clearer what kind of expert and on whose mill the water is pouring yes Well, and, accordingly, the value of an expert assessment. winked
  3. sH, arK Offline sH, arK
    sH, arK 29 October 2021 20: 21
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    Krutikhin is a complete idiot, not an expert ... There's nothing to even say ...
  4. Kir-rr Offline Kir-rr
    Kir-rr (Kirill Popov) 31 October 2021 02: 14
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    At the same time, Gazprom is actually acting at a loss, refusing to trade gas on the spot market, where the price of “blue fuel” is higher than when long-term agreements are concluded. According to the expert, the Kremlin's political games are sometimes costly for the Russian gas corporation.

    Why would Gazprom bring down the price on the spot market? The price for long-term contracts also depends on it. It makes no sense to quickly cut down a little dough, and at the same time slaughter a chicken that will lay golden eggs for a long time. It is beneficial for Gazprom if the price on the spot is slightly higher than under its contracts (remember the "courts")