“The energy situation could last all winter,” Breton said on RTL radio.

Among the reasons, he also named the pandemic and the closure of oil and gas wells, which led to a decrease in supply on the energy market.

In addition, the influence is exerted by "geopolitical tensions" and "dependence of countries" on the gas supplied by Russia.

Earlier, the US State Department said that this winter Europe may be left without natural gas for heating homes.

Gazprom said that gas reserves in European underground storage facilities remain at their lowest level for many years, compared with last year, the figures are 22.8 billion cubic meters behind.