Germany wants to completely give up its dependence on Russia -

Germany wants to completely give up its dependence on Russia –

The German Ministry of Energy, through an internal note, in possession of Der Spiegel, shows that the country wants to give up completely the coal from Russia and half of the oil that also comes from the country led by Vladimir Putin.

In the energy context, Germany has a big plan – the country wants to halve its dependence on Russian gas by mid-summer and not have any coal imports from Russia until the autumn, according to the quoted source.

This decision comes after Western countries agreed to oppose the Russian invasion, which they called a “special military operation.”

Thus, “By the middle of the year, Russian oil imports into Germany are expected to be halved,” Spiegel was quoted as saying.

“By the end of the year, we aim to be almost independent. Until the autumn, Germany can be independent of Russian coal, “the ministry said in a statement.

A spokesman for the German Ministry of the Economy was contacted by a Reuters reporter, but declined to comment. However, he said that the German Minister of Economy, Robert Habeck, will address this issue in a press conference.

“Despite the progress, an immediate embargo would still have too severe economic and social consequences,” said Der Spiegel.

Germany is on the verge of breaking its Russian gas contract

In addition, Germany recently said that Vladimir Putin’s latest decision was tantamount to a “breach of contract” with Russia, if European Union states could no longer pay for natural gas in euros or dollars, but in rubles.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at a press conference by German Economy Minister Robert Habeck.

“We are going to discuss with our European partners how we will respond to this request,” the German official explained.

In this context, the issue could be discussed by European leaders at their summit on Thursday and Friday. Recently, Vladimir Putin announced earlier that Russia would no longer accept payments in dollars or euros for its natural gas supplies to “hostile countries” and gave Russian authorities a week to set up a new system of payments in rubles.

Following this decision, the President of the Central Bank of Russia wanted to resign, but was not allowed.

In the financial and economic context, Putin’s announcement is a retort by Moscow to Western sanctions imposed on him after the invasion of Ukraine, especially the freezing of Russia’s assets abroad, a measure by which Western states have blocked Russia’s access to about $ 300 billion. dollars from its foreign exchange reserves or in gold, a measure described by Moscow as a “theft”.