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Russia today expressed readiness to supply gas to Europe via the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, one of whose lines is not damaged by leaks.

This was announced by the Russian Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Alexander Novak, quoted by BTA.

"If the Europeans make the necessary legal decisions regarding its certification and the lifting of restrictions, I believe that Russia could, in a short period of time, supply gas through this line," Novak told Russian television at the end of a meeting of the OPEC+ countries in Vienna .

Novak criticized any restrictions on Russian oil prices that would "disrupt market mechanisms" and could have a "very adverse effect" on the global industry.

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Speaking of a possible "shortage of oil" in the event of the adoption of such a measure envisaged by the EU, he again warned that Russian companies "will not supply oil to countries that use this instrument".

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden sharply criticized the drastic drop in oil production announced by OPEC+.

He described the decision as a potential political headache, but also a diplomatic snub.

Biden is "disappointed in the short-sighted decision" of the Cartel of Black Gold Producers and Exporters, the White House said in a statement.

OPEC+ decided earlier today to cut collective output by 2 million barrels per day in November.


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