Russia is contributing to the electricity disaster gripping Europe by restricting gas provides at a time of “heightened geopolitical tensions”, the head of the Global Electrical power Company has claimed.

In unusually pointed comments for an organisation which commonly stays neutral, Fatih Birol explained that Moscow had ability to  raise product sales to Europe by additional than 3bn cubic meters for every month which would “provide important relief to European fuel marketplaces and would drive the gas prices down”.

He stopped short of saying Russia was utilizing gasoline supplies for political leverage, but explained the lower gas flows “coincide with heightened geopolitical tensions above Ukraine. I just required to emphasize this coincidence”. 

World levels of competition for normal gas provides has led to months of soaring wholesale all-natural fuel rates in Europe and the United kingdom, with British homes braced for a 56personal computer increase in power payments to £2,000 in April when the electrical power price cap is recalculated. A overall of 26 suppliers went bust last 12 months in the wake of surging charges.

The British isles govt is underneath force to try out and lessen the effects on households amid a tightening price-of-residing squeeze, though governments in Europe have stepped in with measures such as France’s distribution of vouchers to support people shell out their payments. 

Russia has been accused of employing the crisis to pressure Germany into beginning up the new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting the two countries under the Baltic Sea – a controversial go mainly because it would supply a different route by which fuel shipments could bypass Ukraine.