Europe has been warned by Russia to prepare for the gas to be turned off this winter which could see the “rationing of gas.”
The head of the International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol does not believe that a compete shutdown will happen but has sad Europe must prepare and work on contingency plans should it happen.
Europe has already seen a reduction of Russian gas to which Russian officials claim is technical issues and this has not been deliberate.
Birol said the reduction is causing issues for European countries to fill up their reserves ready for winter.
Birol told BBC News, “I wouldn’t rule out Russia continuing to find different issues here and there, and continuing to find excuses to further reduce gas deliveries to Europe and maybe even cut it off completely.”
He added, “I don’t exclude the possibility that Europe will need a planned and orderly rationing of gas.
“I don’t say this is the base scenario, but looking at the last several months, if not several years, the experiences we have had with Russia as an energy partner, this is a scenario we cannot afford to exclude for the time being.”