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Habeck complains about “moon prices” for gas deliveries from friendly countries – RT DE Since the beginning of September, Russia has stopped supplying gas to Germany. The sanctions imposed on Russia by the West had already led to a gradual reduction in Russian gas supplies. In order to avert the imminent gas shortage in winter, Germany is now dependent on other foreign gas suppliers – such as the USA – who, however, sell the energy source at horrendous prices. In view of the high purchase price, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) accused the providers of selling gas to Germany at inflated prices.

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Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck accuses natural gas suppliers of excessive prices. The US in particular would take advantage of Germany’s plight, the minister criticized and called for more solidarity from the Americans.

Since the beginning of September, Russia has stopped supplying gas to Germany. The sanctions imposed on Russia by the West had already led to a gradual reduction in Russian gas supplies. In order to avert the imminent gas shortage in winter, Germany is now dependent on other foreign gas suppliers – such as the USA – who, however, sell the energy source at horrendous prices. In view of the high purchase price, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) accused the providers of selling gas to Germany at inflated prices.

“Some countries, including friendly ones, sometimes achieve moon prices. Of course, that brings with it problems that we have to talk about,” said the Green politician of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. He therefore expects the EU Commission to talk about it with friendly states. Habeck referred to the United States in this regard:

“The United States turned to us when oil prices skyrocketed, and Europe’s national oil reserves were tapped as a result. I think such solidarity would also help to dampen gas prices.”

In view of this problem, the EU should “bundle its market power,” according to Habeck, “and orchestrate intelligent and synchronized purchasing behavior by the EU states so that individual EU countries do not outbid each other and drive up world market prices”. The European market power is “enormous” and only has to be used.

Gas price brake should remedy the situation

With a 200 billion euro program, the federal government wants to cap energy costs in Germany. The commission of experts on the gas price brake set up by the federal government intends to present initial proposals for the implementation of the program this weekend. This was announced by the chairmen of the commission on Tuesday. “The Commission is working flat out to present politicians with recommendations for a balanced and practicable gas price brake as soon as possible,” it said:

“The chairmen are striving for the commission to work out a resilient proposal during its retreat next weekend and present it to politicians.”

Addressing the population, Habeck warned last week not to expect too much. A certain burden can be cushioned by the gas price in Germany, but not everything, said the Green politician on Friday on Deutschlandfunk.

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