“It is likely that there will be serious conflicts over distribution within the EU - like in 2015 and 2016, when there was a refugee crisis,” Die Welt quotes him.

According to Merz, in order to avoid such a scenario, it is necessary to create a gas distribution plan in advance, agreed among the EU countries.

At the same time, the politician warned against possible speculations about the termination of fuel supplies from Russia.

“We should not talk about such scenarios in public statements.

If Russia behaves in accordance with the contracts, deliveries will resume after the repair work is completed, ”Merz concluded.

On June 9, Russian gas supplies via Nord Stream were reduced due to planned technical work.

According to Gazprom, the supply volumes were limited due to the untimely return of equipment from repair by Siemens.

After that, Gazprom announced that it was stopping the operation of another gas turbine engine of the German concern Siemens at the Portovaya CS.

German Vice-Chancellor, Economics and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck said that Germany could face rolling power outages to utilities due to gas shortages.