Roberto Cingolani, Plan B “in the event of a gas catastrophe”. “We don’t take orders from Moscow”

Roberto Cingolani, Plan B “in the event of a gas catastrophe”.  “We don’t take orders from Moscow”

Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani responds to Russian attacks, with Moscow considering its plan to reduce gas consumption “imposed on Rome by Brussels, acting on Washington’s orders”. “It’s an attack that reveals a totalitarian mentality. We don’t take orders from anyone. Italy is a free, democratic country and it collaborates with the EU to form a common front even on energy problems,” the minister told Corriere.

While Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova predicts that “Italians will have to suffer”, Cingolani says the Russians are causing great suffering to their Russian citizens, “while we will not give great suffering to our own. In just a few months, with an extensive source differentiation operation, we have halved our dependence on Russian gas, and thanks to our program we will further halve it”.

If Putin completely shuts off the taps, will rationing be inevitable? “It will not close them all of a sudden – answers the minister – For some time now, the Nord Stream has been in fits and starts, causing us to have a small reduction in flows, about 10, maybe 15 million cubic meters per day (. …) of a catastrophe, we could think of lowering the temperature of the radiators by two degrees and shortening the heating by a month instead of two weeks. For now we leave the industrial part out of the sacrifices, but if necessary, it will involve companies” , explains Cingolani according to which it will save about eight to nine billion cubic meters of gas.

Source: IL Tempo

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