US vows to back European countries as blame for soaring energy prices shifts to Russia
The US yesterday vowed to back European countries suffering from soaring energy prices as blame for the crisis shifted to supply restrictions from Rusland.
US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm said America would ‘stand up’ to market players ‘manipulating supply to benefit themselves’.
Sy het gese: ‘We want to all have our eye on the issue of any manipulation of gas prices by hoarding or the failure to produce adequate supply.’
US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm (op die foto) vowed that America would ‘stand up’ to market players ‘manipulating supply to benefit themselves
During a visit to Warsaw, beklemtoon sy: ‘We are united with our European allies in making sure you get adequate, affordable gas supply this winter.’
Fears of an energy crisis across Europe have been ratcheted up by moves by Russian gas giant Gazprom to limit supplies.
These moves, combined with low stocks, have sent natural gas prices rocketing in recent months.
Russia is the biggest supplier of gas to Europe, rekening hou met 40 per cent of imports – a fact that has led to calls for less reliance on Russian energy.
Vroeër hierdie week, the International Energy Agency called on Russia to ‘do more to increase gas availability to Europe’.
This comes as blame for the energy crisis shifted to supply restrictions from Russia after moves by Russian gas giant Gazprom (logo op die foto) to limit supplies