OPINION: The European Union has serious decisions to make about its continued reliance on Russian gas.

This year’s relentless increase in gas prices has emptied the financial coffers of European companies and householders, already strained by the impact of Covid-19, with warnings of rolling blackouts this winter.

Much blame has been placed at the door of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for restricting gas supplies from state-owned Gazprom in order to persuade the EU to allow the completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline to start sending gas to Germany.