Germany Unable to Heat Homes Next Winter Without Russian Gas Supplies, Minister Says

Flames from a gas burner on a cooker are seen February 1, 2017 in this illustration photo taken in a private home in Nice, France. Picture taken February 1, 2017Google newsBERLIN (Sputnik) – Germany cannot yet stop Russian gas supplies as it risks facing shortages that will not allow the country to support its industry and heat homes next winter, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said on Saturday.”This means that if we don’t get more gas by next winter, and supplies from Russia are interrupted or disrupted, we won’t have enough gas to heat our homes and support industry”, Habeck said on air of Deutschlandfunk.He added that gas is used mainly at the beginning of the supply chain, so any disruptions may cause “a domino effect”.Germany has announced its intention to diversify energy supply sources to get rid of the nation’s so-called energy dependence on Russia amid the military operation in Ukraine. At the moment, Russia continues to supply coal, oil, and gas to Germany as contracted.Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February to support the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk after they called for help in defending themselves against aggression by Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defence Ministry said the operation is only targeting Ukrainian military infrastructure.In response, the United States and its allies have rolled out comprehensive sanctions against Russia, including restrictions on the Russian central bank, export control measures, and closure of airspace to all Russian flights. Many foreign companies have suspended their operations in Russia.Let’s stay in touch no matter what! Follow our Telegram channel to get all the latest news: https://t.me/sputniknewsus

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