Hollande considers it “necessary” to no longer import Russian natural gas

Hollande considers it “necessary” to no longer import Russian natural gas
Hollande considers it “necessary” to no longer import Russian natural gas

“A principle of political coherence”. François Hollande estimated Monday that “it would undoubtedly be necessary to suspend” deliveries of liquefied gas (LNG) from Russia to Europe, at a time when the European Union is considering new sanctions to reduce Moscow’s capacity 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,” declared the former head of state in the Senate about LNG, liquid gas transported by boats, which for the moment escapes European sanctions against Moscow. François Hollande was invited to speak on Monday before the Senate commission of inquiry into TotalEnergies and the climate.

“A principle of political coherence”

“It is a considerable asset for Russia and an important Source of financing and actually a circumvention of sanctions,” the former president stressed on Monday. “There would certainly 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,” he said. -he adds.

The volumes of LNG imports, notably operated by TotalEnergies which has invested heavily in Siberia, have soared in Europe since the war in Ukraine to compensate for the drying up of Russian gas supplies via onshore gas pipelines.

Prohibit its transfer via the EU to third countries

The European Union, which has already launched thirteen packages of sanctions against Russia and in particular against its oil, is now considering targeting Russian LNG as part of a new package of sanctions, by prohibiting its transfer via the EU to from third countries. Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain are the main delivery points for LNG from Russia’s Siberian Yamal Peninsula, according to a study by German environmental NGO Urgewald.

Installed at the initiative of the environmentalist group in the Senate, this commission of inquiry into TotalEnergies and the climate, chaired by LR Roger Karoutchi with the former environmentalist presidential candidate Yannick Jadot as rapporteur, must submit its report by mid -June. Installed in January, it concerns “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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