Rome (The Times Groupe)- Italian energy company Eni announced Friday that Gazprom will cut its gas supplies to Italy by 50%. france
Over the past few weeks, Moscow has cut off or reduced gas deliveries to several European Union countries, which have imposed sanctions on Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine.
France also has not received any Russian gas via Germany since May 15, according to French network operator GRTgaz.
Maintenance issues at the Nord Stream 1 pipeline from Russia to Germany were blamed by Russian officials.
Russia supplies around 40% of Italy’s imported gas, though it is trying to reduce this dependence. Through its network connections with Germany, France receives around 17% of its gas from Russia.
Gazprom’s gas deliveries to Italy were already reduced by 15% on Wednesday and 35% on Thursday this week.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who was in Kyiv with German and French leaders, rejected Gazprom’s “technical reasons” as an explanation.
“Both Germany and us, and others, believe these are lies. In reality they are making a political use of gas like they are using grain for political use,” Draghi said at a news conference in Kyiv with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron.
This week, Gazprom cut deliveries to Germany by more than 60%. Russian state-owned company said delays in Siemens’ repair work were to blame for the reductions in supply via the undersea Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
However, Germany said Gazprom’s move was politically motivated.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline is the main Russian gas pipeline to Europe after gas flows through Ukraine were reduced by the war.
Paul Gentiloni, the EU’s Economy Commissioner on Thursday, warned that the bloc’s economy could enter a recession if Russian gas supplies ceased, but said that so far there had been no signs of this.