EU countries agree to exclude Russian gas from joint purchases


November 25, Fineko/ The energy ministers of the EU countries agreed to exclude Russian gas from joint procurement contracts, the volume of which in 2023 should be at least 15% of the volume of gas storage facilities of the member states of the community, or 13.5 bn cu m.

ABC.AZ reports that this is stated in the statement of the European Commission, distributed following an informal meeting in Brussels.

"The new rules will create opportunities for EU member states and their energy companies to purchase gas jointly on global markets," the statement says.

The European Commission notes that states are obliged "to purchase through this mechanism 15% of all gas needed to fill their gas storage facilities in 2023".

"The member states emphasized that Russian gas will be excluded from joint purchases," the document says.