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The European Union will protect its gas storage facilities from external interference

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All gas storage operators in the European Union will undergo mandatory certification. Companies that refuse certification or fail it will be forced to give up ownership of storage facilities in the EU. These are the requirements of the new law, which was ratified by the European Parliament on Thursday, June 23.

Clarifies that certification is carried out in order to “avoid the risks of external interference”, reports RIA Novosti.

On Wednesday, June 22, the head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, called on the EU authorities to prepare for a complete shutdown of Russian gas this winter. Birol recommended taking all measures up to the emergency ones, for example, starting up the previously disconnected old coal-fired power plants in order to keep the available gas reserves in storage.

Thursday, June 23 Germany expressed concernthat Russia will completely shut off the gas supply to the country due to the fact that Gazprom has reduced gas supplies through the Nord Stream pipeline. Later, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation explained that there was nothing deliberate in this decision, and the difficulties were associated with the repair maintenance of Siemens turbines, which were handed over to the manufacturer and now cannot be returned.

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