Estonian PM warns country will face ‘harsh winter’

Estonian PM says 'harsh winter' awaits country due to energy crisis Amid the highest inflation rate and energy crisis, Estonia will face 'hard times', said Estonian Prime Minister Kallas

A “harsh winter” awaits Estonia; due to the energy crisis and high inflation in the EU. This was stated by Prime Minister Kaya Kallas in an interview with Bloomberg News.

“We are in for tough times because of energy. We will probably see even higher prices than last winter, and this is very worrying,— she noted. According to the agency, inflation in Estonia reaches 20%.

Earlier, Kallas said that Estonia this year will refuse to import Russian gas. To do this, the authorities will create opportunities to receive liquefied natural gas, as well as create a state gas reserve in the amount of 1 TW.

“This is an opportunity not only for Estonia, but for our entire region, to become independent of Russian gas from next winter,” — she stressed (quote from Delfi).

At the end of April, the Minister of Economy and Infrastructure of Estonia, Taavi Aas, and the Minister of Economic Development of Finland, Mika Lintilä, agreed to cooperate in building capacities for receiving liquefied natural gas, to strengthen energy security throughout the region and stop the consumption of Russian gas.

Thus, Tallinn and Helsinki plan to rent a floating terminal with a regasification capacity of at least 30 terawatt-hours per year.

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In early April, Lithuania completely refused supplies Russian natural gas. The Minister of Energy of the country, Dainius Kreivis, called this decision a “turning point”.

“We are the first EU country among the countries— suppliers of Gazprom, which has achieved independence from Russian gas supplies, and this is the result of many years of consistent energy policy and timely infrastructure solutions, — he stressed.

On May 20, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich announced that the country's authorities also plan to refuse Russian gas supplies. Later, Riga refused to comply with Moscow's demands to use the new format of payment for deliveries with the opening of a ruble account with Gazprombank.

As a result, the country stopped receiving Russian gas in early April. Now gas is supplied to Latvia through the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas terminal and the Inčukalns underground gas storage facility. The head of the operator of the Latvian gas transmission system Conexus Baltic Grid, Uldis Bariss, said that this allows not to worry about the energy security of Latvia “in the next few months”.

The head of the Latvian government, Krisjanis Karins, assured that the country does not intend to resume gas imports from Russia, despite the difficulties after the refusal of supplies.

The fact that Europe could face the consequences next winter with a complete rejection of Russian gas was previously said by French President Emmanuel Macron.

He noted that if the EU imposes new sanctions, and Russia retaliates against gas, then the European authorities will have to turn to households to lower the temperature in their homes.

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