Hungary's foreign minister said he met Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in New York and discussed gas shipments and construction of the Paks nuclear plant being built by Russia's Rosatom.
Despite a looming energy crisis, one of Belgium’s seven nuclear reactors was disconnected from the grid last week. This follows legislation passed in 2003 requiring reactors to be shut down after 40 years of operation.
Nuclear energy production is "unlikely" to be part of the next package of EU sanctions against the Kremlin for its invasion of Ukraine, while work on an oil-price cap is continuing, according to several diplomats briefed on the discussions.
EU officials have indicated their intention to seek a price cap on Russian gas alongside other measures to curb negative fallout from Russia's war on Ukraine, despite criticism of such a move from inside the EU's Czech presidency and a Russian threat to halt supplies.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said it will provide two loans worth an aggregate €275.4 million to Bulgarian public gas supplier Bulgargaz and gas grid operator Bulgartransgaz to guarantee the country's continuity of supply for the upcoming season and beyond, in light of discontinued deliveries from Russia's Gazprom.
The Slovakian government has announced that it has introduced further measures to enable the government to nationalise energy produced by companies and declare a state of emergency in case of shortages, unaffordable increases, or threatened security