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Germany Says Latest Russian Gas-Flow Cuts Politically Motivated

German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said he believes a decision Tuesday by Gazprom PJSC to cut gas flows through the key Nord Stream pipeline by 40% was “politically motivated” and not due to technical issues as the Russian company stated.

Maintenance work on the pipeline that would have a “relevant” impact on supply isn’t due to be carried out by Siemens Energy AG until the fall and, in any case, wouldn’t affect 40% of the infrastructure, Habeck told reporters Wednesday at a news conference in Berlin.