Russian strikes on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine are war crimes and pure terror, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament.
She noted that the purpose of these actions is to keep Ukrainians without heating and water.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is waging an energy war, she believes. The best response to gas extortion is unity and empathy, Von der Leyen added.
She reported that compared to September of last year, Russian gas supplies to the EU via pipelines decreased by 80 percent. We did not give in to this blackmail, we resisted and we should be proud, said the President of the EC. Von der Leyen reported that these shocks lead to a rise in energy bills and a decrease in the competitiveness of European companies.
Among possible solutions, von der Leyen pointed to EU countries buying gas together and sharing gas. She noted that there are still too few bilateral agreements between neighboring European countries for gas exchange, therefore the EU needs to introduce mandatory rules.