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Parliamentary question - E-001887/2023Parliamentary question

Persistent increase of Russian liquified natural gas imports in the EU

Question for written answer  E-001887/2023
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Antoni Comín i Oliveres (NI), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI), Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI)

European imports of Russian liquified natural gas (LNG) are expected to keep surging in 2023. In 2022, the EU imported 22 billion cubic metres of LNG from Russia, a 38 % increase compared to the previous year[1]. These imports account for USD 10 million of Russian daily revenue[2]. LNG-related profits are a key enabler of Russia’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine[3].

As the biggest importer of Russian LNG, Spain is leading this trend, with Russian LNG accounting for 6.513 GWh, or 17.4 % of total imports in April 2023[4]. Spain has doubled, or even tripled its imports of Russian LNG in each of the last 12 months when compared to the previous year[5].

Commissioner Simson has urged Member States and all European companies to stop purchasing Russian LNG and to refrain from signing new importing contracts[6].

In light of the persistent increase in Russian LNG imports and its negative consequences for the EU common foreign and security policy goals:


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