Russia would rescue Britain if needed during gas crisis: Envoy Oct 18, 2021 0 0 12345 dpaLondonRussia will do what it can to assist the UK and could potentially even “come to the rescue” amid problems linked to rising energy costs, the country’s ambassador has suggested.Andrei Kelin also denied that Russia is withholding gas supplies, appearing to suggest commitments to increase supply will take time to take effect.The Russian ambassador to the UK also said that it is his understanding that no decision has yet been taken in Russia as to whether President Putin will attend the COP26 climate conference being hosted in Glasgow from the end of October.Asked on BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show if Russia understands the pressures of gas supply and price increases on people in Europe and the UK, Kelin said Russia is following the situation, but appeared to play down the significance of the issues in the UK.However, he also suggested Russia will come to the “rescue” if needed.Kelin said: :If it will be an opportunity we will come to rescue, we will do what we can of course to alleviate difficult conditions which are now being created.” The ambassador said Russia has increased gas supplies to assist Europe amid a global increase in prices, but also argued the country could do more if the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline were to be approved.He also told the BBC that Russia has increased gas supplies to western Europe, and cited two different figures, an increase of both 10 per cent and 15 per cent.Asked if Russia is withholding supplies for political reasons, the ambassador said: “Certainly we do not withhold it for political reasons.” He said Russia has increased gas supply to western Europe through Ukraine by 10 per cent, but added that the pipeline cannot increase capacity further. He said the Nord Stream 2 is ready to operate and that he expects Germany will give the new pipeline the go-ahead.The new 764-mile pipe runs across the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing Ukraine, but has sparked opposition from the US and many eastern European countries worried about energy security and climate goals.Kelin’s comments follow claims that Russia has been limiting gas supplies in a bid to prod regulators in Europe into moving quickly to certify the controversial new pipeline.Last week, Government minister Lord Agnew of Oulton said spiralling energy costs were nothing to do with supply shortages, but were due to a “geopolitical move” by Russia to put pressure on Europe.Challenged by Andrew Marr that there is no evidence in publicly available data that Russia has increased supply through Ukraine by 10 per cent, Kelin said he is not a specialist in that area, but added: “Gas travels at not the speed of light of course, it goes very slowly by that. So what do you expect? Once the president has said (we will supply more gas) and tomorrow prices will go down? This is not possible.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Germany’s Greens vote to proceed with coalition talks Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Russian film crew back on Earth after shooting space station feature Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Group of US missionaries reportedly kidnapped in Haiti Oct 18, 2021 0 0 Three people die in helicopter crash in Germany dpa Stuttgart Three people were killed in a helicopter crash in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg on Sunday. It was initially unclear whether anyone else was missing, according to a spokesperson. Investigators .. ‘Mysterious crates’ from German ship discovered on Brazil’s coast Buenos Aires Researchers have once again found “mysterious crates” on the north-east coast of Brazil. According to scientists, the mysterious cargo comes from the German ship Weserland, which was sunk by the US .. French authorities open probe after woman decapitated Paris French authorities are investigating a suspect after a woman was found decapitated in a town in the country’s south. The suspect, a man, is under judicial supervision, the public prosector for the Beziers area said .. Exciting skeleton find from ancient Italian volcanic eruption Rome Archaeologists in southern Italy have come across the skeleton of an ancient man who died in the devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. “A find from which we expect a lot,” Francesco Sirano, director of the .. ‘EU would not let Ireland be singled out in protocol row’ London Europe will not allow Ireland to be singled out in the fallout if negotiations on the Northern Ireland Protocol end in failure, an EU commissioner has insisted. Ireland’s representative in the European .. Protesters in Poland call for greater solidarity with migrants dpa Warsaw Hundreds of people in Poland demonstrated in Warsaw and Krakow on Sunday for the better treatment of refugees, as the government introduces tough measures to stem the flow of illegal migrants into the ..