Germany snubs Putin after securing long-term gas deal with Qatar – ‘Only the start’

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Many leaders have been critical of Germany’s dependence on Russian energy with approximately 56 billion cubic metres of natural gas being imported from Russia in 2020. Almost 55 percent of German gas imports came from Russia and the now cancelled Nord Stream 2 pipeline was set to see this amount substantially increase.

The deal with Qatar has been hailed as an important step for Germany, but the move is for a long-term solution and will not be a quick fix on the current flow of money streaming from Europe to Russia.

The current cashflow is estimated to be around £217 million per day just for oil, which is fuelling the war on Ukraine. 

After his visit to Doha on Sunday, German economy minister Robert Habeck announced the deal alongside German business leaders.

He said: “It is great that I can say it was firmly agreed to enter into a long-term energy partnership – a cooperation.”

A spokesperson for the German economy ministry said: “The companies that are now involved in this journey will enter into contract negotiations with the Qatari side.”

Germany’s conclusion of discussions in Qatar seem to differ slightly from that of Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani who received Mr Habeck on Sunday. 

The Emiri court released a statement on Sunday saying that both countries discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations, especially in the energy sector.

QatarEnergy, a state-owned oil and gas firm, said that companies from each country “would re-engage and progress discussions on long term LNG supplies”.

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Mr Scholz emphasised the importance of diversifying German energy purchases after initial reluctance to sanction Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. 

Last month a crucial document certifying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline was removed and consequently ended the continuation of the project. 

The European Union has announced plans to reduce gas imports from Russia by almost two-third by the end of 2022, with the goal of ousting all Russian fossil fuel imports before 2030.



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