Alexey Gromov, Principal Director on Energy Studies of the Institute for Energy and Finance, commented to the FederalPress news agency on the impact of anti-Russian sanctions on the European gas market.
The rise in prices that we are seeing today, he is sure, is a consequence of the reaction of traders. At the same time, they fear that Russia has an instrument of potential influence on Europe in the form of cutting off gas supplies.
“Events are moving very fast and completely unpredictable for experts who are trying to find common sense in economic decisions,” Alexey Gromov says.
If the valve is turned off, it will be a disaster for everyone in the short term, but Russia will cease to be a reliable supplier of gas to Europe in the long term.
“But I really hope that we will never use this tool and deliveries under long-term contracts in terms of our obligations will be carried out as planned. Nothing can be excluded. We see that the sanctions escalation is on the rise, not even on a daily basis, but on an hourly basis. But, trying to build on economic logic, we must at all costs maintain our long-term contracts and fulfill our obligations, no matter what happens in the information field,” Gromov calls.
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