Putin to Scholz: Russia is a reliable energy supplier, gas disruptions caused by sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, stressed that problems with gas supplies to Europe via Nord Stream 1 were caused by Western sanctions against Moscow.

“Vladimir Putin emphasized that Russia was and remains a reliable supplier of energy resources, ready to fulfill all its obligations, and that disruptions, for example, in the operation of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are associated with sanctions against Russia, which hinder repair work,” the statement reads. Kremlin message.

Putin noted that attempts to shift the blame for Europe’s energy supply problems to Russia look ridiculous, given the obstruction of gas supplies by the authorities of Ukraine and Poland and the refusal to launch Nord Stream 2.

The Kremlin said that in an exchange of views on the implementation of the July 22 grain deal in Istanbul, Putin emphasized its complex nature and expressed concern about the imbalance in grain supplies to Ukraine, a small part of which goes to countries most in need.

The Kremlin added that “the readiness of the Russian side was confirmed to supply large volumes of grain to foreign markets, as well as to transport fertilizers blocked in European ports free of charge to countries in need.”

Putin informed Schultz of the lack of progress in lifting the export ban on Russian food and fertilizers.

“Issues related to ensuring the safety of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant were discussed. The President of Russia spoke in detail about the measures taken in agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency to protect the plant, which is under constant missile attacks from Ukraine, which create real risks of a large-scale catastrophe,” the Kremlin continued.

Source: TASS

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