Europe: In recent, Russia has completely halted the gas supplies to Europe via a major pipeline on the grounds of repairs. The Russian state-owned Gazprom stated that the restrictions are expected to last for the next three days. Russia has already cut down the gas exports through the pipeline.
Russia was accused of using energy as a weapon against Western nations, which have imposed multiple sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine. Although, Russia has dismissed all such accusations and reiterated repair requirements.
The Nord Stream 1 pipeline stretches 1200km under the Baltic Sea from the Russian coast near St Petersburg to north-eastern Germany.
The pipeline that opened in 2011 is capable of sending out a maximum of 170m cubic meters of gas per day from Russia to Germany. The pipeline was shut down for ten days in July for repairs only and lately, it has been operating at one-fifth of its capacity, owing to faulty equipment.
The European leaders fear the extension of the halt period while attempting to trigger the gas prices. The gas prices from the past few months have already upsurged by 400%.
The Europeans have been troubled by the rising fuel prices in the continent. With stumbling budgets and high energy bills, the citizens have been forced to cut down expenses on everyday essentials.
Inflation has already been hitting the citizens real hard. The major proportion of the income is blown away in the energy and food bills. People have already turnt to saving as much gas for the tougher times ahead as the winters approach.
The government in Germany has announced to turn off the unnecessary lights at the monuments. No more hot showers and warm beds for Europeans this year as the energy crisis worsens.