Baltic countries stop gas imports from Russia

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Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania have stopped imports of Russian gas, the head of Latvia’s natural gas operator stated during the weekend.

“If there was still doubt about confidence in the deliveries from Russia, recent events have clearly shown that there is no more confidence,” Uldis Bariss, CEO of Conexus Baltic Grid, told Latvian radio on Saturday.

As of April 1, Russian natural gas is no longer flowing to Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Bariss said that the Baltic market is currently served by gas reserves stored underground in Latvia.

The decision comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to exploit the country’s status as an energy power.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda called on the rest of the EU to follow suit.

“Many years ago, my country made decisions that today allow us to painlessly break the energy ties with the attacker. If we can do it, so can the rest of Europe,” he said.

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