The European Union has developed a plan to abandon Russian gas.
The European Union plans to increase liquefied gas purchases in the United States and Qatar, as well as expand green energy capacity.
“This new plan will include 50 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas imports from the United States or Qatar, an additional 10 billion on existing pipelines, accelerating offshore wind turbines and photovoltaic panels representing 25 billion cubic meters. Restarting coal-fired power plants is also considered an option,” said Breton.
“We will have to get rid of Russian gas and restore our autonomy as soon as possible because Vladimir Putin does not like the European project. He uses gas to divide us, he has done everything for many years to divide Europe,” he said.
In 2021, about 45% of EU natural gas imports came from Russia. If the Kremlin ever suspends these supplies to France, Thierry Breton says, the country is “ready”.
“We have developed a plan with my teams to be able to respond to this. We import 155 billion cubic meters a year from Russia.”