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Europe’s imports of Russian seaborne gas jump to record high

By Shotaro Tani

28 Nov 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Failure to sanction Russian gas since the start of the war has made winter Putin's most strategic weapon. Europe is only increasing its dependence, however.

Europe is importing a record amount of seaborne Russian gas, highlighting how the region has not completely shaken off its dependence on the country for the crucial fuel even as flows through pipelines have all but stopped.

Imports of Russian liquefied natural gas, which is typically transported on big tankers, rose more than 40 per cent between January and October this year, compared with the same period in 2021, highlighting the difficulty for Europe in weaning itself off gas from Moscow despite Brussels’ attempts to shift away from Russian sources.

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