Sweden may block Russian LNG

Sweden may block Russian LNG
# 30 May 2024 20:46 (UTC +04:00)

Sweden is considering unilaterally blocking imports of Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG) if Hungary prevents or manages to ease the EU's proposed sanctions against Russia, said Ebba Busch, Minister for Energy, Business and Industry of Sweden, on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting in Brussels, APA reports citing Bloomberg.

EU member states are discussing sanctions against key Russian LNG projects, as well as a ban on the use of EU ports for re-exporting supplies to third countries. Hungary opposed the proposal, and sanctions require the unanimity of 27 EU member states.

"If the sanctions package doesn’t fit its purpose we are prepared to navigate on our own," said Busch.

She did not specify how the government would target energy imports from Russia. The rules require countries to take into account the energy security of the European Union.

Although Swedish gas imports from Russia are small, any measures would reflect the growing impatience of member states with Hungary's constant obstruction of Ukraine's aid and sanctions.

"The aim of this whole war on Russia’s side is to divide and conquer. But Sweden will not wait if we don’t succeed with the 14th sanctions package," Busch added.

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