The Czech Republic and Latvia are the most dependent on Russian gas in the EU

1.4.2022 10:59 | MOSCOW (CTK)

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Russia has long been Europe’s largest natural gas supplier, according to Eurostat data, in 2020 it still accounted for almost 40% of European Union gas consumption. The EU statistics agency says the Czech Republic and Latvia are the most dependent on Russian gas, where they account for 100% of consumption, followed by Hungary and Slovakia. On the other hand, several countries do not import Russian gas at all. Among them, Eurostat also cites Austria which, according to the head of the Austrian energy regulator E-Control, is 80% dependent on Russian gas.

Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a special military operation, gas flows to Europe have remained stable so far. But Western countries have for some time been considering reducing their dependence on Russian energy resources. The European Commission announced in early March that it planned to cut the EU’s dependence on Russian gas by two-thirds this year and end its dependence on gas supplies Russian “well before 2030”. Russia, on the other hand, has started demanding ruble payments for gas from customers in so-called “non-friendly countries”. EU countries pay for gas in euros or dollars, and Russia’s claim is a unilateral breach of contract.

Czech Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Rene Neděl told members of the Security Committee on Thursday that if Russia immediately cut off the gas supply, the situation would have virtually no solution. According to Neděla, about two percent of total domestic gas consumption is extracted in the Czech Republic, the rest being almost exclusively Russian gas. German Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck said on Wednesday that Germany had reduced its gas imports from Russia by 55 to 40 percent in recent weeks.

Overview of EU countries by dependence on Russian natural gas imports in 2020:

Earth Share of Russian gas in supply (percentage)
RS 100.0
Latvia 100.0
Hungary 95.0
Slovakia 85.4
Bulgaria 75.2
Finland 67.4
Germany 65.2
Poland 54.9
Estonia 46.2
Romania 44.8
Italy 43.3
Lithuania 41.8
Greece 39.0
Netherlands 30.3
Luxemburg 27.2
France 16.8
Sweden 12.7
Spain 10.4
Portugal 9.7
Slovenia 8.7
Belgium 6.5
Denmark 0.0
Ireland 0.0
Croatia 0.0
Malta 0.0
Austria 0.0 *
Cyprus does not import gas
EU average 38.7

* According to the head of Austrian energy regulator E-Control, however, it is 80% dependent on Russian gas

Source: EurostatCTK calculation


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Well, one of our experts is slowly coming out of a hairy blanket that it’s not just gas as fuel, but has other effects too, just like other commodities. The truth only has to come out once…

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Miroslav Vinkler
Finally, an objective datum, why did it not appear earlier? The Czech Republic can last 26 days and the trot, moreover, is now really cold, 1C around 3% ZP consumption.

The Czech Republic is extremely vulnerable, and if Putin stops the gas, the economy collapses like a house of cards.
Mainly, these years have been written about the energy security of the Czech Republic and how great we are.
Where did the GDR comrades go wrong?

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These comrades are gas traders and like most ?? European gas traders did not understand what Putin was.
Aren’t the Germans as stupid as we are?

The house of cards came crashing down recently, in 1991, when the CMEA collapsed, on which we were totally dependent for sales and raw materials. And did anyone hang up for that?
In 5 years we were on it as before the crisis and in 10 our GDP has doubled. You scare very intensely, but somehow a little off.

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Probably a little off. Because, according to our reports, in Russia, all these businessmen, like the oligarchs, are subject to the power of the state and must not interfere in politics, as in China. And that’s the difference between the Eastern worldview and the Western worldview…

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Didn’t Mr. Hanzl still write here from time to time, because we are actually super independent from Russia and we don’t really need their gas at all?

The second thing is the authenticity of the data, see the example of Austria.

From this point of view, the question of what Eurostat really comes down to is data in other cases.

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These statisticians are really amazing, we have completely different data in each article. That the Czech Republic imports gas from Russia from 40 to 70 – here 100%.
Austria imports nothing, ie 80%.
Very well.
The last gas crisis in 2009, when the Russians cut off all gas going through Ukraine, meant that neither we nor the whole of Western Europe had a problem.
So what am I to believe? Probably it is necessary to prevent the doors…..

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You have clearly explained it here.

“Our part of Europe, that is the eastern part up to Germany, certainly takes more than half of the gas that physically comes from Russia. Many countries have the vast majority of the gas from Russia , even if it is a commodity bought on the stock exchange.

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And I firmly hope that we will end this once and for all with your stupid cries about our comfort, or we buy gasoline on the Rotterdam Stock Exchange.

Nj, I know, you can’t keep it anyway.

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You will soon see the real percentage and you will know that in the middle
Europe is actually at the end of all low capacity pipelines
gas supplied. It is consumed by those entering the EU, or
Those who are closest to them and are solvent to buy overpriced
rare commodity. If you’re mobile enough, you get yours
I leave the game because I return to solid fuels (wood) to
did not feed those who rejoice in the joy of super business with gas from

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Yeah Al, sounds pretty shitty to me, looks like BT isn’t for me either. It won’t really cause you to panic in the market.

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Closer to nature

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