François Hollande considers it “necessary” to stop the import of Russian natural gas

François Hollande considers it “necessary” to stop the import of Russian natural gas
François Hollande considers it “necessary” to stop the import of Russian natural gas

Last Monday, François Hollande was able to speak before the Senate commission of inquiry concerning TotalEnergies and the climate. The former President of the Republic notably considered it “necessary” to no longer import natural gas from Russia.

François Hollande calls for political coherence. The former head of state judged on Monday that “it would undoubtedly be necessary to suspend” deliveries of liquefied gas (LNG) from Russia to Europe, while the EU plans new sanctions aimed at weakening the Kremlin’s ability to finance the war in Ukraine.

“Personally, I have no responsibility to decide, but whatever the cost (…) it would undoubtedly be necessary to suspend this type of delivery”, affirmed François Hollande in the Senate vis-à-vis LNG, liquid gas transported by boats, which still escapes European sanctions against Russia. The former leader of the PS was invited to speak last Monday before the Senate commission of inquiry into climate and TotalEnergies.

“It’s a huge asset for Russia and an important Source of financing and actually a circumvention of sanctions. There would surely be effects on the price of gas. Perhaps there would also be, which would be contradictory to our climate objectives, imports of LNG from other countries (…) but I think that there would be a principle of political coherence,” indicated François. Holland.

The volumes of LNG imports, managed among others by TotalEnergies which is very present in Siberia, have exploded in the Old Continent since the war in Ukraine in order to compensate for the fall in Russian gas supplies via onshore gas pipelines.

The European Union has already launched 13 packages of sanctions against Moscow and in particular against its oil. It now wants to target Russian LNG with a new package of sanctions. This time it is a question of prohibiting its transfer via the EU to third countries. Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and France are the main delivery points for LNG from Russia’s Siberian Yamal Peninsula, according to a survey by German environmental NGO Urgewald.

Launched by the environmental group in the Senate, the commission of inquiry into TotalEnergies and the climate, chaired by LR Roger Karoutchi, will submit its report within two weeks. Organized since January, it focuses on “the means mobilized and mobilized by the State to ensure that the TotalEnergies group takes into account climate obligations and the orientations of France’s foreign policy”.

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