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A political fight over Russian gas has broken out in Austria.

Ukraine (bbabo.net), - On the eve of the parliamentary elections in Austria, a political battle broke out over Russian gas supplies. The Green Party climate minister has proposed banning companies from importing fuel from Russia. The Austrian Freedom Party (APS) advised environmentalists to protect the interests of the country's residents and economy.

“In her pursuit of a green ideology, Minister Leonora Gewessler appears to have set herself the goal of causing an even greater explosion in energy prices in the final stage of her term in office and thus completely pushing our business and industry to the wall,” said APS spokesman for energy and economics Axel Kassegger. This is how he responded to the statement by the Minister for Climate Protection that changes to the law on the gas industry will be prepared to force Austrian companies to stop importing gas from Russia. Its share in Austria was 98% in December.

“The consequence of such a withdrawal (from contracts) will be a multiple increase in gas prices, fueling inflation, which is already significantly higher than the eurozone average, and further loss of competitiveness of domestic companies,” said Axel Kassegger. According to him, the ideology of the elite is placed above the well-being of the population.

“Energy must be affordable; this must be a top policy priority,” the APS added.

As bbabo.net reported, stable supplies of Russian gas and low consumption helped Austria become a net gas exporter for the first time in 20 years and make money on expensive fuel. The head of Austria's main oil and gas company OMV, Alfred Stern, said at a press conference on the results of 2023 that Gazprom had fulfilled all contractual obligations. According to OMV quarterly reports, in 2023 the company received 5.8 billion cubic meters of gas from Gazprom Export.

A political fight over Russian gas has broken out in Austria.