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Scholz announced serious problems in the rejection of Russian oil and gas

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Чер 14, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that Berlin is doing everything possible to reduce dependence on oil and gas from Russia, but there are “serious practical problems” in the rejection of energy carriers, reports Handelsblatt.

Among such problems, the politician, speaking at the European Union summit in Brussels, outlined the operation of an oil refinery in Schwedt, the federal state of Brandenburg, which previously used Russian oil as a raw material. He noted that the company provides fuel for most of East Germany, including the capital’s airport.

According to Scholz, the government of the country cannot yet ensure the operation of the plant without supplies from Russia. The chancellor concluded that the reorientation away from Russian oil and gas would take a significant amount of time.

Earlier, Scholz called for a quick and safe independence of the country from Russian energy carriers, “as soon as possible, but also as safely as necessary.”