The Hague requests a waiver from the sanctions imposed on Moscow, so that

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The Dutch city of The Hague announced on Thursday that it will request a temporary exemption from EU sanctions against Russia as it faces major difficulties in finding a timely replacement for its contract with Russian gas supplier Gazprom, according to Reuters.

Sanctions imposed by the European Union against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine order governments and other public bodies to end existing contracts with Russian companies by October 10.

For The Hague, this means finding a new gas supplier to replace the existing agreement with Gazprom.

The city said it held an EU-wide tender in June and July but failed to attract any bids from potential suppliers.

Individual talks with suppliers were sure to lead to an agreement, Deputy Mayor Saskia Bruines wrote in a letter to the city council, but not before the Oct. 10 deadline.

“We will request a derogation for the agreement we have signed until January 1, 2023, to guarantee security of supply and to facilitate negotiations,” she said.

Bruines said she was confident the postponement would be granted because The Hague had met the condition of holding a timely auction without a positive outcome.

However, she added that any new contract that would take effect on January 1 would be significantly more expensive than the city’s current deal with Gazprom.

The Hague is one of several Dutch municipalities that have an energy contract with Gazprom, but it is the first to indicate that it will seek a waiver from the sanctions.