Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov

Russia assured this Wednesday that it is a reliable supplier that meets its contractual obligations, after Kiev temporarily suspended the transit of a third of Russian gas to Europe due to the ongoing military offensive in the country.

“Russia has always reliably fulfilled and intends to fulfill its contractual obligations,” Russian Presidency (Kremlin) spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in his daily telephone press briefing.

He stressed that Ukraine, the transit country for Russian gas to Europe, did not provide any explanation for the “force majeure” that it claimed disrupted the Sokhranvika link.

Gazprom, the Russian state-owned natural gas supply company, said today that it did not agree to change the route because “it has not received confirmation of force majeure, and therefore it does not see any impediments to the continuation of the work”, said the group’s spokesman, Sergei Kuprianov, on the social network Telegram.

The consortium confirmed shortly after that the transit of fuel to Europe through Ukrainian territory will be reduced to 72 million cubic meters, against 95.8 million cubic meters the previous day.

Several of the operator’s facilities are located, as a result of the war, in Russian-occupied territories and have no operational or technological control over them, according to Ukraine’s gas systems operator, GTSOU.

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