EU surprise inspections at Russian gas supplier Gazprom

The European Commission has carried out unannounced inspections in Germany at the premises of the Russian company Gazprom, which is suspected of raising gas prices in Europe in an abuse of its dominant position.

Russia has been suspected since last year of cutting gas supplies in Europe in a bid to fuel a price hike that has intensified since Russia launched its offensive against Ukraine in late February. The European executive admitted in a press release that, in cooperation with the German competition authority, it had carried out inspections “at the premises of several companies engaged in the supply, transport and storage of natural gas in Germany”.

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