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Russia cuts gas deliveries via Nord Stream

Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Tuesday it would cut daily gas deliveries through the Nord Stream pipeline to Germany due to compressors being “repaired” by German company Siemens.

“Gas supply through the Nord Stream pipeline can currently be supplied up to 100 million cubic meters per day,” Gazprom said in a statement on Telegram, adding that the expected daily volume is 167 million cubic meters.

With the delayed return of components from Siemens, only three gas pumping units were currently operational at the Portovaya compressor station near the northwestern town of Vyborg, Gazprom added.

Like many Western companies, German conglomerate Siemens announced its exit from the Russian market after Moscow sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Moscow has lost several European gas customers after demanding that all “unfriendly” countries pay for Russian natural gas in rubles in response to a barrage of Western sanctions against Ukraine.

Poland, Bulgaria, Finland and the Netherlands have had their natural gas deliveries suspended for refusing to pay in roubles.

The Nord Stream pipeline was commissioned in 2012 and carries gas from northwest Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea.

The launch of another gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, which was to double Russian gas deliveries to Germany, was halted in response to Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.

EU countries have rushed to reduce their dependence on Russian energy, but are divided on imposing a natural gas embargo, as several member states are heavily dependent on energy supplies from Moscow.

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