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German Energy Minister Robert Habeck has accused Russia of using energy as a weapon after Moscow imposed sanctions on more than 30 Western energy companies and reduced gas supplies to Europe.

"The situation is getting worse because energy is already being used as a weapon in various ways," Habek told reporters.

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Russia yesterday imposed sanctions on more than 30 Western energy companies, most of them owned by Gazprom Germania, the German subsidiary of the Russian gas giant.

The German state placed this company under its control because of its strategic importance.

The price of natural gas in Europe rose by almost 20%

The transit of Russian gas through gas pipelines through Ukraine has also been reduced since yesterday, and the supply through a transit point on the Russian-Ukrainian border has been stopped.

Deliveries today are expected to be nearly a third less than yesterday, when they fell 20 percent in 24 hours.

As a result, Russian gas supplies through Ukraine to Europe's largest economy fell by about 40 percent in two days, according to operators.

For two days now, Ukraine has said it can no longer guarantee supplies through the Sohranovka entry point in the Luhansk region due to the presence of the Russian armed forces.

Kyiv has asked Gazprom to increase supplies to the alternative interconnector Sudzha.

However, Moscow claims that the transit can be carried out perfectly through Sohranovka, and the diversion of supplies to Sudzha is impossible.

Germany, whose economy is heavily dependent on Russian gas, said yesterday it could compensate for the reduced supply by buying gas from Norway and the Netherlands.

The country is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian gas and is now in a hurry to replenish its gas storage facilities before next winter.

"The tanks must be filled before the summer, otherwise they will be in a situation where they can easily blackmail us," Habek warned.

Gas storage facilities in Germany are 39 percent full, and the decline in the volume of gas delivered through Ukraine is offset by supplies from Norway and the Netherlands.

This was announced today by the Federal Network Agency of Germany, quoted by TASS.

The current occupancy of warehouses is higher than in the spring of 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2021, the report said.

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