Russian energy company Gazprom says it will shut its Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline for three days, starting on August 31st. It says the closure is due to maintenance on the pipeline, which runs between Russia and Germany.
The unscheduled work could affect plans by European countries to fill their gas reserves before the winter. Gazprom said deliveries would resume after September 2, but only at 20 percent of the pipeline’s full capacity. Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyy said Moscow was using the pipeline as blackmail, and urged EU countries to end their reliance on Russian gas.
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