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Calls for Europe to reduce reliance on Russian gas

With EU aims of cutting greenhouse has, questions have been raised about whether the countries can survive without one another

Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine have once again prompted calls for Europe to reduce its reliance on Russian gas. However, with the EU aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, the continent will need more Russian gas – not less – in the coming decades, and any rupture in this mutually dependent relationship would be costly for both sides.  The diplomatic row between Moscow and the West following the disputed Crimean referendum, fears over growing unrest in eastern Ukraine and Gazprom’s threat to stop supplying gas to Ukraine after 1 June have raised concerns that gas supplies to Europe could be interrupted, as they were in 2006-7 and 2009.

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