Russia’s president opens the gas valves for Germany and Austria. When the domestic reservoirs are full, Gazprom is to increase delivery volumes in early November.

Iran PressEurope: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered European gas storage facilities to be filled. Putin told the head of the state gas company Gazprom, Alexei Miller, that Russia’s own storage facilities must first be replenished. 

 After that, the levels in the gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany should be increased. Putin said this should ease the situation on the European energy markets. At a televised cabinet meeting, Miller said home storage should be full by November 8th.

Gas prices in the European market have risen to $ 1,500 per 1,000 cubic meters in recent weeks.

Putin said: "The energy market is very unstable," adding that In the first place, this issue is related to Europe.

Russia annually exports up to 130 billion cubic meters of gas to European countries, and most of this gas is transited through the Ukrainian pipeline network. 219