EU confirms gas rationing as Putin makes further cuts to Nord Stream 1

Voluntary 15% reduction

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The European Commission has agreed to reduce its consumption of natural gas this winter to protect the bloc from further supply constraints by Russia, as Kremlin-owned gas giant Gazprom announced there would be further cuts through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

Ministers from 27 member states excluding Hungary backed a voluntary 15% reduction in the use gas over the winter months. The commitment could become mandatory if Russia announced it was shutting down its supply to Europe. The move came after a more stringent rationing regime received opposition from certain member states, including Spain, Portugal and France, who argued rations for economies less reliant on Russian gas were illogical and that Germany should house the greatest burden as it championed reliance on Russia's supply for so many years. Some island nations will remain exempt...

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