Biden: Russia cant manipulate natural gas for political purposes | TheHill – The Hill

President BidenJoe BidenTrump lawyer blamed Pence for causing Capitol attack: report Biden receives communion in Rome Protestors march for climate action in Rome amid G-20 summit MORE said during a meeting with top German leaders on Saturday that Russia cannot be able to manipulate natural gas for political purposes.

Biden met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the G-20 summit in Rome on Saturday, and emphasized the importance of working to implement the U.S.-Germany Joint Statement on Support for Ukraine and European Energy Security in an effort to “ensure that Russia cannot manipulate natural gas flows for harmful political purposes,” according to a readout of the meeting from the White House.

The White House said Biden also “discussed the situation in Afghanistan, including efforts to ensure continued humanitarian assistance” and “thanked Germany for hosting 35,000 Afghans as they relocated to the United States.”

The meeting came the same day that data from a German pipeline operator revealed that the flow of natural gas in Europe had stopped in a section of the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which transports gas from Poland into Germany, according to Reuters.

Russia supplies gas to western Europe through a number of different circuits,  Reuters noted, adding that one is the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which has a volume of 33 billion cubic meters per year.

On Saturday, Gazprom reportedly said the natural gas necessities of its clients in Europe were being achieved.

The gas exports from Russia are being closely monitored amid a spike in European gas prices, sparked by the global COVID-19 economic recovery, the news service noted.

The International Energy Agency and a handful of European lawmakers have said Gazprom is not adequately working to boost its supply of natural gas to Europe, but the company has contended that it is attaining its prescribed requirements, according to Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinRussia sets new record for daily COVID-19 cases ahead of stay-at-home week COP26 takes on climate change at perilous time Federal push to identify, protect critical groups from hackers gains momentum MORE earlier this month argued that the U.S. is to a certain degree to blame for the gas shortages in Europe, contending that America’s decrease in supplies has been “the cause of panic.”

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