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Serbia feedback on Russia gasoline provides — RT World Information



Belgrade would go bankrupt if not for the “incredible worth” of Russian gasoline, President Aleksandar Vucic has mentioned

Serbs wouldn’t have to save lots of vitality and cut back their consumption this winter due to Belgrade’s insurance policies and gasoline imports from Russia, President Aleksandar Vucic informed his fellow residents in an handle on Saturday. 

“There are not any plans for electrical energy restrictions subsequent winter,” he mentioned, including, nevertheless, that the state of affairs within the vitality subject stays “extraordinarily tough.” On the identical time, the Serbian cupboard is anticipated to offer “giant reductions” to those that did save electrical energy this 12 months compared to the earlier one, he mentioned. 

Such measures have turn into attainable significantly attributable to gasoline imports from Russia, the Serbian chief believes. Serbia purchases 2 million cubic meters of gasoline – or between 63% and 64% of all gasoline it wants – from Russia and its complete price quantities to €800 million ($797 million), Vucic mentioned, calling such a worth “incredible.” 

If Belgrade had to purchase gasoline on the present European market costs, it could go bankrupt, he mentioned, arguing that the remaining 1.2 million cubic meters of gasoline – or round 36% of its complete consumption – would price Serbia €4.8 billion ($4.7 billion) now. “And our complete finances is round €13 billion,” the president mentioned. 

Vucic additionally praised a deal Belgrade struck with Budapest that will see Hungary storing between 300 and 500 cubic meters of gasoline bought by Serbia in its gasoline storages. The Serbian president’ feedback come because the European gasoline costs proceed to soar. September futures on the TTF hub within the Netherlands rose to just about $3,500 per thousand cubic meters on Friday, in accordance with knowledge on the London ICE trade.

The EU is presently making an attempt to resolve its vitality disaster, sparked significantly by the bloc’s determination to rid itself of the Russian gasoline provides amid the battle in Ukraine. The EU has known as on all member states to scale back gasoline consumption by 15% to ease the burden of the hovering gasoline costs. 

In mid-June, Vucic introduced he agreed a positive worth for Russian pure gasoline imports underneath the phrases of a brand new vitality cope with Moscow. Serbia was anticipated to purchase Russian gasoline at a worth of between $360 to $410 per 1,000 cubic meters, he mentioned at the moment. 

In response to the president, Serbia nonetheless incurred important losses attributable to EU sanctions on Russia, significantly on oil. Though Serbia isn’t a part of the European Union, the nation’s vitality provides transit by EU international locations, which means that any EU sanctions on Russia have an effect on Serbia as properly. 

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