VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda assures that the country will not be short of natural gas in winter thanks to the supplies ensured by the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Klaipeda.
On Saturday, asked by the Laluna radio station whether Lithuania would ensure adequate supplies of gas for the cold season, he answered: “We certainly will, the [FSRU] Independence is definitely a crucial element of our energy independence.”
“We made completely correct and, most importantly, timely decisions ensuring independence from Russia’s energy resources,” he added.
In late June, Lithuania passed a law banning Russian natural gas imports into the country, except for gas transit via its territory to the Kaliningrad exclave. Lithuania has been importing no Russian gas since April.
Russian energy giant Gazprom drastically cut gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream pipeline on Wednesday to about 20 percent of its capacity. It had reduced gas flows to Europe twice in June.
European Union states have accused Russia of squeezing supplies in retaliation for Western sanctions over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
Gazprom cited the halted operation of one of the last two operating turbines for the pipeline due to the "technical condition of the engine".