Belarus President’s Warning of Cutting Gas Flows to Europe Causes New Concern

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s remarks raised new concerns about the supply squeeze and high prices in Europe as the Yamal-Europe pipeline that carries Russian natural gas to Germany passes through Belarus.

Katya Golubkova and Marwa Rashad, Reuters

A warning by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko that he could halt Russian gas flows through his country to Europe in a dispute with the EU posed a new threat to already tight European supplies on Nov. 11.

Lukashenko made his comments as the EU geared up to impose new sanctions on Belarus after accusing Minsk of mounting a “hybrid attack” on the bloc by encouraging migrants to try to cross into EU territory. Belarus denies the charge.

Lukashenko’s remarks raised new concerns about the supply squeeze and high prices in Europe, which have hit consumers and industry alike, as the Yamal-Europe pipeline that carries Russian natural gas to Germany passes through Belarus.

Uncertainty in Europe about Moscow’s intentions remains, and Russian gas flows on the Yamal-Europe pipeline halved from Nov. 10 to 11.

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