Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): In a statement published yesterday (Saturday, July 30), the Russian state-owned gas company (Gasprom) said that it has stopped exporting gas to Latvia due to the violation of the terms of gas purchase from Latvia. .
A senior Latvian official also said that the country had already decided to ban the import of Russian gas from January 1 next year.
This Latvian official said that the Russian Gazprom company's action to stop gas exports will not have much impact on that country; In this regard, he added that we do not feel the tremendous impact of such a move by Russia.
Although there is no clear reason for Russia's violation of gas purchase from Latvia, but Latvia is a member of the European Union and a member of NATO and strongly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and recently the relations between the two countries have been strained because of this. Is.
Not long ago, the President of Russia ordered that the money for the purchase of Russian gas by European buyers, including Latvia, be paid in rubles, the Russian currency, by opening an account in a Russian bank, which met with the opposition of the countries that import gas from Russia.
Russia had already stopped sending gas to Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, Holland and Denmark.
The announcement of Russian gas cutoff to Latvia was published a day after the Latvian Energy Company (Latvias Gas) insisted that it will continue to buy gas imported from Russia in euros.
It should be noted that after Russia's military invasion of Ukraine and European countries' support for Ukraine, Russia's relations with these countries have become very tense. European countries, including Germany, which is highly dependent on Russian gas, have expressed their concern about the complete cut off of gas from Russia.