Russia starts delivering additional gas to Hungary – Budapest

Hungary said on Saturday that Russia had started delivering additional gas to the EU member following a visit to Moscow in July by its foreign minister.

Hungary’s foreign ministry said trade talks with Moscow “led to an agreement”, which allowed Russia’s Gazprom to start deliveries on Friday “beyond the quantities already contracted”.

“It is the duty of the Hungarian government to ensure the security of the country’s natural gas supply, and we respect it,” ministry official Tamas Menczer said on his Facebook page.

In the first phase, an additional 2.6 million cubic meters per day will arrive from the south via the TurkStream pipeline until the end of August, he said, adding that negotiations were underway for deliveries of september.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto paid an unannounced visit to Moscow in July to discuss the purchase of an additional 700 million cubic meters of natural gas.

“In light of what is known about current European market conditions, it is clear that acquiring such a large amount is impossible without Russian sources,” Menczer said in Saturday’s post, mentioning the visit. by Szijjarto.

An EU plan to cut gas consumption across the bloc by 15% to tackle an energy price crisis caused by RussiaThe Ukraine War went into effect this week

Some EU countries, however, had exceptions to strictly follow the rule, which in any case was referred to as “voluntary demand reduction”.

Hungary, which depends on gas supplied directly from Russiahad claimed the exception.

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