Germany weaned off dependence on Russian fossils, finance minister assures

19 January, 07:44 PM
Christian Lindner (Photo:instagram.com/christianlindner)

Christian Lindner (Photo:instagram.com/christianlindner)

Germany is no longer dependent on Russian energy imports, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner told the BBC on Jan. 19.

According to him, Germany has fully diversified its energy infrastructure after Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year.

"Yes, of course Germany is still dependent on energy imports, but today, not on Russian imports, but from global markets," he said.

The country has restarted coal-fired power plants, postponed plans to close its three remaining nuclear power plants, and increased storage capacity for natural gas imported from other countries such as Norway and the United States.

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Previously, Germany imported about half of its gas from Russia and more than a third of its oil. Since the beginning of 2023, the country has completely abandoned energy supplies from Russia: coal, gas and oil.

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