Seimas upholds amendments banning Russian gas supplies

The Saeima today in the second reading supported the amendments to the law on energy, which provide for a ban on the supply of natural gas from Russia.

The corresponding proposal was made by the deputies of the party “Conservative” Reinis Znotins i Janis Cielens.

It is not yet clear when this restriction will come into effect, but the government estimates that it could be from next year. It is expected that the date of entry into force will be discussed when the amendments are considered in final reading.

According to the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Economy Ilze Indriksonealthough gas supplies from Russia are not planned in the near future, in order to completely abandon them, Latvia will need an Estonian liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Paldiski, given the risks of the next heating season and the potential risks of power grid desynchronization from Russia.

Latvia and the EU have thought about refusing to use Russian gas after Russia started a war against Ukraine.

By supporting this proposal, we are sending a signal to society, gas market participants, our strategic and international partners, as well as to the aggressor itself about our refusal to finance the war unleashed by Russia in Ukraine“, – reported the press service of the Parliament.

Chairman of the Board of JSC “Latvijas gāze” Aigar Kalvitis objected to the decision to ban natural gas supplies from Russia. In a letter to the National Economic Commission of the Seimas, he stated that it takes time and resources to change the gas supplier. A refusal would be too drastic a decision and would only exacerbate the energy crisis.

Source: GOROD.LV – новости Даугавпилса by

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