The Russian diplomat assessed the EU's prospects for abandoning Russian gas
According to him, the refusal to purchase gas from Russia under existing long-term contracts will entail serious financial costs for the EU states.
He added that even taking into account the fulfillment of obligations to fill 90% of the volume of gas storage facilities by November 1, 2023, they may be closed, and according to the European Commission estimates, up to a third of winter demand from European consumers, the rest will have to be covered by continuous supplies from abroad."
Prior to that, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, speaking to members of the Hungarian parliament on the first day of the autumn session, said that Europe's decision to abandon energy from Russia contradicts its interests, but Budapest does not have enough strength to resist.
Earlier, Scholz promised to complete the case on the "Northern Streams".