The European Union sounded the alarm over Russian gas.

The EU leader has claimed that Moscow will cut off gas supplies ‘sooner or later’.

The European Union should prepare for the worst-case scenario of a complete cutoff of natural gas supplies from Russia, the European Commission president warned in an interview with Germany’s dpa news agency, published Monday.

Asked about the EC’s emergency energy plan presented last week, Ursula van der Leyen stressed the importance of making the bloc energy independent from Russia, stressing that Moscow’s EU It is only a matter of time before they decide to cut off the gas supply completely.

The Kremlin is not a reliable partner for Europe’s energy supply. Gazprom has deliberately kept its storage levels low. Meanwhile, Russia supplies twelve member states with gas only partially or not at all. Van der Leyen said, he added “Europe must prepare for the worst case scenario: sooner or later, the gas supply will be completely cut off.”

The head of the Commission noted that the EU aims to become completely independent of Russian gas by 2027, and that around 300 billion euros will be invested under the REPowerEU project, to save gas and accelerate can be accelerated. “The Switch to Renewables.”

He urged EU members not to rely too heavily on Russian gas imports to join energy-saving efforts. The EC president warned that even if these states receive barely any gas from Moscow, they could be severely affected if the EU were to cut off Russian energy supplies entirely.

“It is therefore important that all member states curb demand, save as much as possible and share with members who are most affected.” Van der Leyen added “Energy integration is a fundamental principle of our European agreements.”

Last week, the European Commission introduced an emergency energy plan called the “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” proposal, instructing all EU countries to cut their gas consumption by 15 percent by September. Cut to a percentage – a limit that will last until March 31. 2023. Member states are also asked to switch to renewable energy or even coal, oil and nuclear power to achieve this target, and instruct their citizens to ration gas consumption.

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EU energy ministers will discuss the plan on Tuesday. Van der Leyen expressed his confidence that the scheme would be accepted by ministers. “Understand Your Responsibility” To see Europe safely in the next two winters.

However, several EU states have so far opposed the plan, with Spain, Greece and Portugal, Italy, Poland and Hungary accusing the European Commission of failing to consult member states on the scheme.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the idea that Moscow could cut gas supplies to the EU, saying last week that Russian energy giant Gazprom “Ready to pump as much as necessary” But that the EU had. “Shut everything off by itself.” He previously called for the bloc’s sanctions on Russia. “Crazy and Reckless” And accused EU leaders of perpetrating the economy “Suicide” under the command of the United States.