The Italian Minister of Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Becchetto Frattin, announced that his country has reduced the share of Russian gas supplies to 10%, and has compensated for that with supplies from Africa and across the Adriatic Sea.
And the Minister of Energy said in a press statement today, Sunday: “If earlier 40% of the gas that we imported came from Russia, today we get just over 10%. Thus, we have already overcome our dependence on Moscow by increasing imports.” Gas through the pipeline from the east via the gas pipeline through the Adriatic Sea from Azerbaijan and from Africa thanks to the new agreements with Algeria and Libya.
Last February, Italian Industry Minister Adolfo Urso said that Rome would be able to stop buying Russian gas this year and become a natural fuel supplier through new channels.
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, the Italian government said it would work to reduce its dependence on gas imported from the Russian Federation.
This article was originally published by RT.