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Spain’s Sánchez pledges energy support for Germany

Meseberg, Germany, Aug 30 (EFE).- Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday said his country was ready to support the energy needs of Germany in the face of “blackmail” by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

The Spanish leader met with Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, in Meseberg, near Berlin, to discuss the challenges that Europe faces in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Spain is ready to help those countries that are suffering the most from dependency on Russian gas and Putin’s energy blackmail.”

He added: “Spain is prepared to offer solidarity and respond to the call from our dear friends and brotherly nations such as Germany.”

Scholz, in turn, said he backed Spain’s proposal to integrate the Iberian Peninsula’s largely isolated gas network into the European Union’s internal market.

Sánchez highlighted that Spain accounted for some 30% of Europe’s regasification capacity, but was unable to use its resources to their full potential due to the current “bottleneck” in the network.

Spain has proposed connecting its gas market through France, although has acknowledged it could also be linked through Italy.EFE


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