It’s the specter that has haunted the energy markets for days, but now the threat is finally over.
Russia’s top energy official said the country could cut off gas flows to Europe through the existing Nord Stream gas pipeline – a move that would drastically reduce supply to the continent.
Alexander Novak, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said the Kremlin had “every right” to do so in response to Germany’s shutdown of the Nord Stream 2 gas link.
The move sent European gas prices up by around a third, before they fell slightly to gains of 18%.
Gas markets have seen some of the most volatile trading in history in recent days, with prices more than doubling since the start of the invasion.
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What happened overnight
Asian markets fell again on Tuesday as investors worried about the economic impact of the war in Ukraine. Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, Seoul, Singapore, Wellington, Taipei and Manila were all down, although Jakarta made small gains.
- Business : Capricorn Energy, ConvaTec Group, Direct Line, Dominos Pizza, Fresnillo, Greggs, IWG, M&G (annual results); Ashtead Group (temporary)
- Economy: BRC retail sales (UK)GDP (EU)trade balance of goods and services (WE)
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This notice was published: 2022-03-08 08:30:05