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France Acknowledges Ongoing Import of Russian Gas

Fri 27 Oct 2023 | 03:45 PM
Israa Farhan

France's Minister for Energy Transition, Anais Panié Ronacher, stated today that France continues to partially rely on Russian gas, importing small quantities, with around 10% of the country's gas consumption originating from Russia.

During an interview with RMC radio station, the minister explained, "France continues to purchase small amounts of Russian gas, which represents approximately 10%."

She pointed out that the sale of Russian gas was not subject to sanctions, and the European Union had imposed penalties exclusively on Russia, not on Europe.

Simultaneously, Minister Panié Ronacher noted that Paris had successfully reduced its dependence on Russian gas since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, with only 40% of France's gas consumption coming from Russia since that time.

Earlier, Thierry Trouvé, the CEO of the French gas network operator GRTgaz, expressed that France is better prepared for the upcoming winter compared to the previous year. 

However, to avoid gas shortages, ensuring stable supplies of liquefied natural gas and reducing energy consumption remains essential.