UKRAINE WAR GAS – EU proposes 15% cut to gas consumption amid Russian ‘blackmail’

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The European Union on Wednesday asked member states to reduce gas consumption by 15% until spring 2023 to mitigate disruption caused by potential further cuts to Russian gas supplies.

“Russia is blackmailing us, Russia is using energy as a weapon,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, told a Brussels press conference called for the presentation of the European Gas Demand Reduction Plan proposal.

She said a full cutoff of Russian gas was a “likely scenario” that would affect the whole of the EU.