Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a newly constructed LNG terminal at the port of Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave in the Baltics, and declared the facility open to receive Russian gas, in addition to the existing pipeline system. He also declared that Kaliningrad was now energy independent.
“Of course, we all understand, we know well that the delivery of primary energy resources such as natural gas at such a distance using a pipe is a more economically expedient, cheaper way of delivery. But for us, for the Kaliningrad region, in particular, it is more a backup capacity, which significantly minimizes, and more precisely, negates all transit risks,” he said, reported Russian state news agency TASS.
“The terminal’s capacity of 2.7 bln cubic meters of gas per year almost fully covers the needs of the region, guarantees a reliable alternative option for its gas supply, reduces the dependence of transit gas supplies, reduces them to zero,” Putin said.
Putin also stated that citizens of the Baltic region will feel financial pain withdrawing from the Russian pipeline system. “In the recent years, we devoted a lot of attention to energy supply, energy security of the [Kaliningrad] region in general in relation to the European Union’s plans of the Baltic states’ withdrawal from the Russian energy ring among other things,” Putin said at the ceremony of the commissioning of the Marshal Vasilevsky floating regasification terminal. “As a matter of fact, it is their business, taxpayers’ extra money will be invested in that,” the Russian head of state added, reported The Baltic Times.