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Britain Can End Russian Gas Imports Sooner Than Thought

  • Russian gas flows to U.K. slowed to a trickle this year
  • U.K. plans to phase out Russian gas imports by year-end

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government expects Britain can stop importing Russian natural gas before the end of the year, sooner than expected, a person familiar with the matter said.

Russian gas supplies to the U.K. have slumped to a fraction of last year’s levels, bolstering the government’s ability to bring in a full import ban. But to ensure market flexibility over the winter months, ministers are sticking to the official position of phasing out Russian flows by the end of 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, the person said.