A senior official with the UK North Sea oil and gas regulator has accused Russia of having "no apparent interest in fighting climate change" but a "great deal of interest in using energy supplies as a weapon”.

The provocative comments were made by UK Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) chairman Tim Eggar, writing on Thursday in a barbed article in The Times.

In the face of the current gas price crisis engulfing Europe, Eggar argued that UK demand for energy is best satisfied as far as possible with domestic production.