Germany increased its gas purchases from Gazprom by 1.7 times in March, Turkey by 576 per cent.
Germany is the leader of Russian pipeline gas imports in Europe. In March, Germany continued to actively increase its purchases from Gazprom. Imports amounted to 4.44 bcm and increased by 66.3 per cent compared to March 2020. In February, German purchases grew at the same pace, according to data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service, accessed by TASS news agency.
Second on the list of countries in terms of Russian gas imports in the European Union in March was Italy, which bought 1.277 billion cubic metres, down 41.5 percent year-on-year but up 467 percent month-on-month. Third place goes to France, which bought 1.1 bcm of gas (up by 15% year-on-year and 29.4% month-on-month.)
Hungary, next on the list, bought 763.7 million cubic metres of gas in March (up by 31.6 per cent year-on-year and 42.6 per cent month-on-month). Bulgaria imported 269.8 million cubic metres of Russian gas. This represents an increase of 51.41% year-on-year and 24.5% month-on-month).
Serbia increased its imports from Russia at a rapid pace. The Balkan republic bought 245.5 mcm (up by 138 per cent year-on-year and 2.9 per cent month-on-month). Greece increased gas imports from Russia by 36 percent year-on-year in March. Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece and Serbia have been dynamically increasing the pace of gas purchases from Russia since the beginning of 2021, Federal Customs Service data show.
Russian gas deliveries to Belarus in March 2021 increased by nearly 10 percent year-on-year to 1.97 bcm.
Among non-EU countries, Turkey has returned to Gazprom, having reduced its purchases of Russian gas almost to zero over the past two years, betting on gas from Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Iran. In March, however, the Turks imported 2.628 billion cubic metres of gas from Russia (an increase of 567 per cent year-on-year).
By Martin Chomsky (photo: im-media.voltron.voanews.com)