Russia & CIS

Russia Increases Gas Flows to Europe, and Prices Fall

Russia increased its flow of gas to Europe via Poland and Belarus as well as Ukraine on Wednesday, easing some of Europe's concerns about tight supplies before winter and pushing down wholesale prices.

Wholesale Gas Prices Ease in Europe as Russian Gas Flows Resume

Wholesale gas prices fell in Europe on Tuesday after Russian gas flows resumed to Germany, raising hopes that Moscow is carrying out a pledge to increase supplies and ease concerns about shortages before winter.

Jitters in Europe as Russia Shows No Sign of Increasing Gas Supplies

Russia showed no sign on Monday of carrying out an order by President Vladimir Putin to pump more gas to Europe, deepening European concerns about tight supplies, high prices and energy dependence on Moscow as winter looms.

Russian Gas Flows Via Yamal-Europe Pipeline to Germany Halted Again

The reversal of gas flows through one of the three major pipelines carrying Russian gas into western Europe is the second time the situation has developed in a matter of days.

Russian Gas Flows to Germany Through Yamal Restart, Sending Prices Lower

Gas flows from Russia to Germany via the Yamal pipeline started up again on Thursday afternoon, finally sending European gas prices lower since Russian gas has not flowed to Germany via the pipeline since Saturday.

Russian Gas Pipeline Stuck in Reverse in Europe

A major Russian pipeline that supplies natural gas to Europe remains stuck in reverse after requests to transport gas westwards through it into Germany were abruptly withdrawn, data on the website of its German operator showed.

Russia's Yamal-Europe Pipeline in Reverse Flow Mode for 4th Day

The reversal, which neither Russia's Gazprom, Poland nor Germany have fully explained, has added to market nerves at a time when gas prices have skyrocketed in Europe.

Biden Pushes G20 Energy Producing Countries to Boost Production

With oil and gas prices surging, some energy-producing countries such as Russia and Saudi Arabia have not boosted output enough to satisfy countries that are largely energy consumers and worry about energy shortages and inflation.

Europe's Gas Prices Surge as Russian Pipeline Switches to Flow East

A major pipeline that normally brings Russian gas from Poland into Germany has been switched to flow east, further boosting Europe's sky-high gas prices on Monday.

Russia Using Gas to Bully Moldova, Says EU

The European Union's top diplomat said on Thursday that Moscow was using natural gas to bully Moldova, as the prime minister of the ex-Soviet republic said the country could not afford the prices Russia was now offering.

Germany: Certifying Nord Stream 2 Poses No Threat to Gas Supply to EU

Allowing Nord Stream 2 to pump Russian gas to Germany will not threaten supplies to the European Union, the German Economy Ministry said on Tuesday, clearing a major hurdle for the disputed pipeline.

Poland's PGNiG Does Not Expect to be 'Forced' to Buy Russian Gas After 2022

Polish gas company PGNiG does not expect it will have to buy Russian gas after its long-term contract with Gazprom expires in 2022, but does not exclude spot purchases.

German Regulator in Touch with Nord Stream 2 Over Certification Issues

Germany's energy regulator said on Friday that it is in touch with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline consortium and expects it will provide assurances that the project meets the regulator's requirements.

Polish PGNiG Says Nord Stream 2 Will Increase Risks for EU Gas Supplies

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline will increase threats to the security of gas supplies to the European Union, Polish gas giant PGNiG said in a submission as part of the certification procedure for the pipeline's operator.

Putin Says Nord Stream 2 Can Sell Gas to Europe Upon German Approval

Russia can start supplies of natural gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as soon as it gets the green light from Germany, President Vladimir Putin said.

From Abandoned Fields to Salt Caves, Gazprom's Gas Storage is Almost Full

Russia, whose gas production and exports to European Union are already near record highs, said last week it needed to finish filling its own gas storage reserves before it could increase supplies to Europe's spot market.

Putin Says Gas Crisis Could Yet Hurt Russia

The European gas crisis can yet bite Russia, President Vladimir Putin said, should soaring prices feed into inflation, further boosting the cost of essentials such as food, or reduce demand for fuel.

Head of Ukraine's Naftogaz Accuses Russia of Blackmailing Europe Over Gas

The head of Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz said Russia was trying to blackmail Europe into certifying its Nord Stream 2 pipeline by keeping natural gas supplies lower.

Russia Urges Germany to Expedite Nord Stream 2 Certification

Russia's representative to the European Union urged the German authorities to certify the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday.

Nord Stream 2 Fills First Line with Gas Ready for Export

The operator of the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the bed of the Baltic Sea said the first of the project's two lines has been filled with so-called technical gas, while still awaiting clearance to start sales to Europe.

Germany's Nord Stream 2 Gatekeeper: The Long Road Until Gas Flows

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is completed and ready to pump Russian gas to Europe, but nothing is flowing yet because it is still awaiting clearance from Germany's energy regulator.

Russian Gas Transit Below Contract Level, Ukraine Operator Says

Russia is sending less gas to Europe via Ukraine than specified in the current transit contract, Ukraine's pipeline operator said on Friday.

Putin Says Russia Will Supply More Gas if Europe Asks

European gas prices have hit record levels this month, but the Kremlin has denied that Russia is withholding supplies to exert pressure for quick regulatory approval of the new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Russia Says Nord Stream 2 Clearance May Cool Gas Prices in Europe

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said that certification of the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline, which expects clearance from a Germany's regulator, could cool soaring European gas prices.

Energy Price Surge Sends Shivers Through Markets as Europe Looks to Russia

Soaring energy prices caused alarm among European leaders and sent shivers through global markets on Wednesday, raising concerns of a winter fuel crisis that could play into the hands of gas-rich Russia.

Gazprom's Nord Stream 2 Can Challenge EU Rules, EU Court Adviser Says

Gazprom's Swiss unit can challenge an EU gas rule that requires gas producers to be separate companies from those that control the pipeline, an adviser to the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

EU Looking into Complaints that Russia Stoking Gas Price Surge

The European Commission is looking into complaints by some EU countries that Russia is using its position as a major supplier to propel the soaring price of gas in Europe, the bloc's energy policy chief said on Tuesday.

Germany Seeks Competition Assurances Over Nord Stream 2 Gas Link

Germany's energy regulator said the pipeline must show it would not break competition rules by limiting which suppliers used it and could face a fine if it started pumping Russian gas to Germany without securing approvals.

Hungary Receives Gas Shipments from Ukraine, Pipeline Operator Says

Russian gas producer Gazprom under a long-term supply deal with Budapest that took effect on Friday is set to supply Hungary with gas via Serbia and Austria instead of through Ukraine.

Ukraine Demands Sanctions on Russia's Gazprom After Kyiv Loses Gas Imports

Ukraine called on the United States and Germany to impose sanctions on Russia's Gazprom, which it accused of using energy as a weapon after the energy giant implemented a transit deal with Hungary.