MOSCOW, September 9 — PRIME. The German market did not collapse without Russian gas, German Economics Minister Robert Habeck (The Greens) said on Friday ahead of an emergency meeting of the European Union’s Energy Council.
“Germany no longer receives gas from Russia, but we still manage to accumulate. Prices are still too high, but by only 200 euros. This means that the market no longer expects us to collapse without Russian gas. This is incredible progress and a big political step,” he stressed.
Habek added that southern Europe still receives small amounts of Russian gas, which reaches Germany “in homeopathic doses.”
Taking windfall profits from energy companies remains a fallback, but Germany is trying to lower energy prices, he said.
Earlier, Habek made several controversial statements about the danger of bankruptcy for companies and enterprises amid the energy crisis, which caused a wave of indignation among politicians and ordinary citizens.