German Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock welcomed efforts to coordinate gas saving measures in the EU, stressing that the bloc will remain united against the backdrop of declining gas supplies from Russia.
This was reported by Reuters.
"We will not be divided because of the gas shortage, instead we stand together, and this is a crucial signal to the Russian president," Berbock said in Prague after talks with her Czech counterpart.
On Monday, Russian gas giant Gazprom announced that on Wednesday, July 27, it would shut down another turbine of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for repairs. Thus, the supply of gas will be reduced to 33 million cubic meters per day, or about 20 percent of capacity.
The EU considers the latest reduction of gas supplies from Russia politically motivated.
According to the media, representatives of the EU countries have agreed in general terms on the European Commission's plan to reduce gas consumption, but there will be a number of exceptions.
EU energy ministers are expected to approve the plan on Tuesday.