Germany Looks at Potential Rationing of Natural Gas After Russia Cuts Supply

Germany Looks at Potential Rationing of Natural Gas After Russia Cuts Supply

BERLIN—The German government moved closer to rationing natural gas on Thursday after Russia cut off deliveries to the country last week in an escalation of the economic war triggered by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Berlin activated the second of its three-step plan to tackle gas shortages after Kremlin-controlled energy giant Gazprom, the country’s biggest gas exporter, cut delivery through the Nordstream pipeline by around 60% last week. Germany’s gas reserves are at 58% of capacity, and the government now expects a gas shortage by December if supplies don’t recover, Economy Minister. Robert Habeck said.

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