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Reasons behind the decline of German imports from Russia

In this interview given to Hicham Abed Altuab from eXtra news, Dr Carole Nakhle, CEO of Crystol Energy, discusses the notable drop in German imports from Russia and the outlook for European energy markets. 

Germany's Imports from Russia

Data Source: Federal Office of Statistics, Germany

Key takeaways:

  1. Before the conflict in Ukraine, more than half of Germany’s gas and a third of its oil needs were met by Russia.
  2. The steep decline in Russian exports to Germany today is not surprising given the conflict in Ukraine and the tough stance Germany has taken against Russia. 
  3. The decision by Germany to reduce economic and commercial relationships with Russia led to a decline in this trade by more than 90% between 2021 and 2022.
  4. To replace Russian fossil fuel imports, Germany strengthened its relationship with other energy exporters such as Qatar.
  5. The close cooperation among EU members, despite their differences, has played a major role in helping the EU to reduce the impact of the crisis.
  6. While the conflict in Ukraine led to a rapid rise in commodity prices in Europe, namely with natural gas, it has pushed EU countries, led by Germany, to look for alternative energy suppliers as well as energy supplies (such as renewable energies).

Watch the discussion (in Arabic)

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