There is a threat of a gas halt, this needs to be addressed

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The risk of Slovakia shutting down Russian gas is present, so it is necessary to look for alternative sources.

The risk of Slovakia shutting down Russian gas is present, so it is necessary to look for alternative sources.

Illustrative image for the article Rare agreement between coalition and opposition deputies: Gas shutdown threatens, it needs to be addressed

The reality of the threat depends on whether Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin decides to use gas and oil supplies as a political tool. Juraj Krúpa (OĽANO), Chairman of the Committee of the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic for Defense and Security, and Peter Kmec, Vice-Chairman of the Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic for European Affairs in the Hlas-SD non-parliamentary party, agreed on the RTVS Sobotné dialogy discussion.

Unified position

According to Kmec, Slovakia is dependent on European solutions when switching to alternative sources. Therefore, in connection with Russia’s demand that gas be paid in rubles, he said, it must be a single, coordinated operation within the EU. Krúpa also emphasized EU membership, pointing to the existence of an agreement between member countries. According to her, they should approach gas redistribution together in times of crisis. “If we weren’t a member of the EU, we don’t have a chance to get there,“He clarified.

Unreliable partner

Krupa noted that if Putin decided to stop exporting gas, Russia would have nothing to live on. “I don’t think they have many alternatives. In addition to sanctions, in addition to the embargo, if they turn off the gas, they can move to the dungeons. They just finished, they have nothing to live on,“Krupa stated.

According to him, the search for alternative sources is also important because Russia has repeatedly proved to be an unreliable partner. “Having an alternative and having diversification is vital for us,” he said.

The free market will not solve this

Kmec believes that Slovakia should have a clearly defined policy from the point of view of national interests as well as part of the EU, which will follow if Putin decides to stop gas supplies. He emphasizes in particular the unity in rejecting Russian ultimatums. “Slovakia must join and be active, especially at the European level, because we import 85 percent of its gas from Russia. Unlike less dependent countries,He explained. He does not agree with leaving the solution to the free market. “I don’t think Viktor Orbán will hinder the consensus either. And we will push together for Russia to reach an agreement in some way“He added.

Dairy cow

In the discussion, MEPs also addressed the issue of rising prices, agreeing on the need to find further solutions. Kmec criticizes the government for not making arrangements for all groups in need and for opposition proposals “sweeping the table.”

In this context, Krupa called on the opposition to submit proposals to parliament that take into account the real costs and possibilities of the state budget. “There is a difference between populism and real interest. It should be noted that the state budget is not a dairy cow,” he said.

The discussants also agreed that Slovakia can promise to provide the S-300 air defense system as part of its assistance to Ukraine only if it finds adequate compensation for it.

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