VIDEO Peter Kremský announces the committee’s conclusions on gas supplies: The committee’s meeting took place at noon. The topic of today’s meeting was clear – supplies and the state of natural gas reserves in Slovakia. The committee was to deal with preventive measures in various development scenarios with Russian gas supplies. The press briefing was translated for a few minutes, but finally the conclusions of the meeting were presented by the chairman of the committee, Peter Kremský (OĽaNO). Photo gallery (5) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel “People like Karol Galek and the directors of several energy companies came. We, as deputies, asked them about the supply situation and what the gas reserves were. We received only partial answers. “Because these numbers are public, they do not only concern Slovakia. Whether the flow through Eustream, but also the state of the reservoirs in Slovakia. Most of this information is just a trade secret,” he explained the time in the Kremlin Committee. We do not have an action plan, we will ask for it to be drawn up. “Another common was a non-public crisis plan. However, more important is the action plan on how Slovakia can get rid of this energy dependence on Russia. We do not have one yet. We have been informed about the integrated plan for energy and climate until 2030, “Kremský added. Photo gallery (5) Source: Topky / Vlado Anjel In the resolution, the members of the committee obliged the Ministry of Economy to inform them about these news and to invite other guests from the crisis staff. Such a committee will be convened again also because at the end of May another gas invoice will be due in April. The debate was also sparked by alleged information about setting up a gas bill in rubles. “It’s unverified information. Even if it does, setting up an account doesn’t automatically mean paying. It just means preparing the technical options for payment, of which there are many. I won’t comment on that yet, but I’d like it to.” This is Russia ‘s goal of using gas as a weapon to advance its interests, “Kremsky said when asked what it was true that Slovakia had set up a” ruble “account in Switzerland. The situation is changing sharply, the committee was also alerted by the situation in Poland and Bulgaria. The Kremlin reminded that the situation is developing dynamically every day. On Wednesday, the Russian state-owned company Gazprom stopped deliveries to Poland and Bulgaria, on the pretext of a demand to pay for gas in rubles. “We will be interested in how much gas is currently flowing to Slovakia, what the storage situation is and what the crisis plans of the Ministry of Economy to ensure Slovakia’s energy security look like. I have been calling them since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. It is important to know how Slovakia will address security of supply and price stability of natural gas as a key energy commodity for citizens and companies, “said Kremsky. Photo gallery (5) Source: Topky – Vlado Anjel According to him, the committee will also call for a long-term action plan to reduce dependence on energy supplies from Russia. Slovakia is one of the most dependent countries in the EU, taking almost 100% of its oil, natural gas and nuclear fuel from Russia. According to Kremský, part of this can be replaced by one’s own part, part by savings, part by imports from other countries and part by switching to other sources in industry, energy or transport. “However, we must have a clear plan and adhere to it,” the committee chairman added. Global companies react to the current situation The German energy company Uniper will no longer pay for Russian gas through a bank based in Europe, but will transfer payments to a Russian bank. The company stated this for Thursday’s issue of the German daily Rheinische Post. “We plan to make our payments in euros through an account in Russia,” the daily quoted a spokesman for Uniper, which is the largest importer of Russian gas to Germany. The report comes from Reuters. Photo gallery (5) Source: Getty Images Russia demands payments for its gas supplies in rubles, proposing a mechanism that will allow the transfer of euros or dollars from customers to rubles through Russia’s Gazprombank. Poland and Bulgaria refused to use the mechanism, after which the Russian gas concern Gazprom stopped supplying gas from Wednesday (April 27). According to a source close to Gazprom, four European customers have already paid (in rubles) 10 companies, while 10 companies have opened ruble accounts in Gazprombank. In the near future, deliveries to other customers should not be stopped, as further payments for Russian gas are expected in the second half of May. On Wednesday, in response to Gazprom’s decision, Uniper said that despite the cessation of gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, supplies to Germany are not endangered because gas transit to other countries is not affected by Gazprom’s actions. Gas alarm: The head of the committee so far considers the information on the Slovak ruble account unverified, we need a plan!
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