PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, 4 Sep — PRIME. Gas prices in Russia are now 40 times lower than in Europe, the country is guaranteed to be provided with warmth and light in winter, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
“Compared, we have a thousand cubic meters of gas that costs 70-80 dollars for industrial consumers, for the population it is even cheaper … The difference is 40 times, and this is certainly our competitive advantage,” Novak said in an interview with Pavel Zarubin on the Rossiya 1 TV channel. . The vice-premier noted that domestic prices for “blue fuel” in Russia are regulated by the state.
He added that the Russians should not be afraid of restrictions on the consumption of electricity, which are introduced by European countries for their citizens. “We are guaranteed to be provided with heat and light,” he said.
Novak also added that domestic gas consumption is one of the promising areas for using the resource, which is being freed up due to reduced consumption in the West, which calls Russian fuel dirty and dangerous. Thus, the completion of gasification of the Russian Federation will give an increase in consumption within the country by 50 billion cubic meters “in a situation where the West allegedly does not need Russian gas.”
“I do not agree that – as you noted – Western colleagues say that (Russian gas – ed.) is dirty. It is not dirty at all, it is one of the cleanest sources of energy in the world,” Novak concluded.