Germany urges people to cut energy use in response to Russian threat – POLITICO

BERLIN – Germans should voluntarily reduce their energy consumption in order to end the country’s dependence on Russia, German business and climate minister Robert Habeck called On Wednesday.

He also raised the alert level for gas deliveries.

“I would like to combine the warning level with an appeal to companies and private consumers to help us to help Germany, to help Ukraine by saving gas or energy overall,” he said.

The country’s alert level was set to “early warning” after Russian President Vladimir Putin said gas would have to be paid for in rubles.

“It is important that sanctions are observed… but Putin is now trying to soften that by trying to break the sanctions with his ruble demand,” Habeck said.

Germany and other Russian customers have refused to renegotiate long-term supply contracts to pay Gazprom in rubles. The gambit is seen as a way for Russia to prop up the value of its currency following its attack on Ukraine.

Habeck said there was still no immediate supply problem but that the government was on alert and monitoring the situation, adding that there were statements from the Russian side threatening to halt gas supplies to countries that couldn’t meet ruble demand progeny.

“In order to be prepared for this situation, I announced the early warning level according to the Gas Act this morning,” said the minister.

After Germany’s three-stage gas emergency planLevel one – “early warning” – and level two – “alert” – do not include “non-market based measures” to deal with gas supply and distribution problems, but level three or “emergency” does. Germany urges people to cut energy use in response to Russian threat - POLITICO

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