Europe’s gas problem

Ukraine has urged the West to act to prevent Russia using its control of gas supplies as a “new nuclear weapon”. Just how much of a threat is it? Simon Wilson reports.

How reliant is Europe on Russia?

Overall, the European Union countries receive up to around 30% of their gas imports from Russia, half of it piped through Ukraine.

In 2010, the last year for which reliable EU figures are available, Eurostat (the EU’s statistics arm) reports that the EU-27 (without Croatia, which joined in 2013) sourced 31.8% of its natural gas imports from Russia.

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