Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would consider Hungary’s request to increase gas purchases from Russia. Lavrov made this statement during a visit to Moscow by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó.
Hungary, which is a member of the European Union, has maintained close ties with Moscow since the attack on Ukraine, opposing plans EU to reduce dependence on Russian oil and gas imports.
Western sanctions are “responsible” for Europe’s natural gas difficulties. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today that all the difficulties with the supply of Russian gas to Europe are caused by Western sanctions. During a teleconference with journalists, he noted that Russia remains “a very important and integral part of Europe’s energy security“.
Amid fears in Europe that Russia could further cut gas supplies to the continent, Peskov referred to earlier comments made by Vladimir Putin that Gazprom has fulfilled and will continue to fulfill its obligations to its customers. He also said that sanctions imposed by the West on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will not force it to change course. “Even the toughest sanctions have never forced countries to change their position,” – he said.
The Kremlin spokesman also referred to the UK, saying that Moscow hoped the next British prime minister would take a prudent stance on Russia: “We hope that the future British Prime Minister will lean towards more measured rhetoric regarding our country.“.