Germany, one of the European countries most dependent on Russia for energy, announced today Sunday that it has already managed to significantly reduce this dependence, especially for coal and oil.
And the German Ministry of Economy announced in a report that the dependence of Europe’s largest economy on Russian oil imports has declined to 12% in recent weeks, up from 35% previously, while coal imports from Russia have dropped to 8% from 50% so far.
On the other hand, the ministry said that dependence on Russian gas remains high, although it also dropped to 35% compared to 55% before the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
“In recent weeks, we have made significant efforts, with all parties involved, to reduce our fossil fuel imports from Russia and diversify our supplies,” said Economy and Climate Minister Robert Habeck.
Berlin announced several weeks ago that it would completely give up Russian oil and coal by the end of the year. The German government now also supports a European embargo on Russian oil.
Instead, the German minister warned that it will be very difficult to do without Russian gas before 2024, even if the country significantly increases imports of natural gas from Norway and in particularly from the Netherlands, as well as liquefied gas imports from other countries.
And if Moscow stops its expeditions overnight, the German authorities expect the country to crash in an economic recession, as this will paralyze the industrial sector.
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