Germany Denies Russian Gazprom Force Majeure Claim

Germany, one of Russia’s biggest customers of gas, has rejected the Russia’s threat to reduce its gas supply to Europe.

The majority-state-owned Gazprom declared on Monday that unanticipated events prevented it from carrying out its commitments under gas contracts with Europe.

Uniper, a German energy company, confirmed that Gazprom had cited “force majeure” as an excuse for their supply shortage. 

A party is theoretically exempt from penalties when force majeure, a legal phrase, prevents them from performing their contractual obligations due to unanticipated events.

Lucas Wintgens, a spokesperson for Uniper, said they received a letter from Gazprom Export in which the company claims force majeure retroactively for past and current shortfalls in gas deliveries. 

Wintgens added that they “consider this as unjustified and have formally rejected the force majeure claim”. 


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