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Lithuania stops import of natural gas from Russia

“In response to the Russian energy blackmail and invasion of Ukraine as well as to reach complete energy independence, Lithuania has stopped the import of natural gas from Russia,” the Lithuanian Energy Ministry has announced.

As of the beginning of April, the country no longer uses Russian gas. It is the first EU state that stopped importing natural gas from Russia.

“It is the result of our consistent energy policy and adequately taken decisions on energy infrastructure,” Lithuanian Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys said.

He added that the entire import of natural gas is done through the liquid gas terminal in Klaipėda. Every month it is expected to receive three large shipments, which would be enough to cover the country’s demand.

“If necessary natural gas can be delivered to Lithuania through gas interconnection from Latvia. As of May 1, the delivery through interconnection from Poland will also be possible,” the Energy Ministry said.

Natural gas from Russia is still sent through Lithuania to Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave with an area of around 15,000 square kilometres.

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