In July, Gazprom cut its pipeline deliveries to the EU by 10.3 billion cubic meters

 due to scheduled shutdowns of the Nord Stream 1 and Yamal pipelines for planned maintenance. Rather than make up for this shortfall by sending more gas across Ukraine, Gazprom chose to draw down its German and Austrian underground storage reservoirs to dangerously low levels, says Serhiy Makogon, CEO of Ukraine’s Transmission System Operator.

With EU gas prices at 13-year highs and Russian gas supplies to the EU down by almost a fifth,

 the head of Ukraine’s pipeline company tells the Financial Times  that the EU should fight back against Russia’s ‘blackmail.” Sergiy Makogon, chief executive of Ukraine’s Gas Transmission System Operator, said he believed that Gazprom is deliberately holding back gas supplies from the EU to force approval of the controversial Russia-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline. “[The EU] should not follow this blackmail of Gazprom with prices,” he said.