According to the agency, the share of Russian gas in Latvia exceeded 90% of imports, and the combined sales of liquefied natural gas to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia increased from 159,000 tons in 2021 to 331,000 tons in 2022.

Latvia and Lithuania delivered about 15,000 tons of hydrocarbon gas to Ukraine in December alone – 15% of Ukraine's total liquefied natural gas imports this month.

One of the traders told Reuters that the reason why Kyiv buys supposedly Russian fuel from the Baltic countries is the price difference of 150-200 dollars per ton compared to the prices offered by Poland and Romania.

The Ministry of Energy of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia did not comment on this information to the agency.

Liquefied hydrocarbon gas (not to be confused with liquefied natural gas) is mainly used as a fuel for cars, fuel, and the production of petrochemical products.

Its export from Russia is not under sanctions.

Reuters reminds that Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia actively support sanctions against Russia due to its attack on Ukraine, and have also tightened the visa regime for Russians.

The Baltic countries, together with Poland, demanded to establish a price ceiling for Russian oil at the level of 30 dollars per barrel – much lower than the market price of oil and half the level adopted as a result of the level.

  • The G7 countries, the European Union and Australia set a price ceiling for Russian oil at $60 a barrel to cut Moscow's revenues that help it continue its war with Ukraine, while preventing supply cuts and a jump in global oil prices.

    The USA and the European Union also refused to buy Russian tanker oil.

  • In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin banned the sale of Russian oil and oil products to countries that agreed to a price ceiling.