MOSCOW, 7 Sep — PRIME. Berlin is skeptical about the idea to impose a price cap on Russian gas is skeptical about the idea of setting a ceiling on the price of Russian gas, Politico reports, citing a source in the German authorities.
“We are still skeptical when it comes to issues related to the gas price ceiling, but we are generally ready for negotiations in the European format,” the publication quotes the words of a representative of the German Ministry of Economy.
As noted in the publication, the German authorities urge the EU to consider “less provocative” measures to combat rising fuel prices. As one of the options, it is proposed to introduce a tax on excess profits from the sale of energy products.
According to the publication, the European Union has already begun to perceive Germany as a “problem” due to the country’s unwillingness to immediately agree on the proposed restrictions.
Politico clarifies that Berlin is afraid of retaliatory steps from Moscow in the event of a ceiling on prices for raw materials, in particular, a complete cessation of supplies. At the same time, Brussels shares these concerns, although some countries, such as Poland, want to limit prices for all gas supplies in Europe.
Earlier it was reported that the EU wants to introduce a price limit for gas coming from Russia in the amount of 50 euros per megawatt-hour, but they consider this measure risky.