Gazprom makes good on the announcement to suspend gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Whether the gas will flow again as promised after the alleged maintenance on Saturday morning is uncertain.
As announced, the gas supply via the Baltic Sea pipeline Nord Stream 1 was stopped early Wednesday morning. According to the Nord Stream AG website, no significant amount flowed in the hour from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. The amount had already dropped in the hour before. The state-owned company Gazprom had announced that deliveries via the last most important route to Germany for Russian gas would be temporarily suspended due to maintenance work. Deliveries are expected to resume early Saturday morning.
On Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Peskov asserted that the Nord Stream 1 stop was purely technical and only temporary. "There are guarantees that nothing will hinder deliveries except for the technical problems caused by the sanctions," he said, according to the Interfax agency. The 54-year-old responded to the question of whether Russia could guarantee the resumption of supplies after the end of maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline. "Russia was, is and will be ready to fulfill its commitments," he said. The Kremlin spokesman accused the West of impeding normal service work on the pipeline's turbines with its sanctions.