As gas prices continue to soar there have been accusations Russia is manipulating the energy crisis to force through the approval of a new gas pipeline that would strengthen its hold on the global energy market.
Speaking to The Andrew Marr Show on BBC, and asked if Russia is withholding supplies for political reasons Russia’s Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin said: “Certainly we do not withhold it for political reasons but Gazprom this is not a pump station of course.”
Speaking about the pressure that is be being put on British and European families and their budgets as a result of the ongoing energy crisis, Mr Kelin commented: “We watch what is happening in the UK, but the UK as far as I understand has only the share of Gazprom is here is about 3%, it’s just nothing, but of course if it will be an opportunity we will come to rescue.
“We will do what we can to alleviate the difficult conditions which are now being created by the crisis.”
“But we will send a large delegation and believe me it will consist of more than 200 people, the government will be represented at a very high level.”
In the last few days, it has been reported that President Xi of China is unlikely to come.