OREANDA-NEWS The South Korean authorities have decided to help Europe overcome the gas crisis that began after the introduction of sanctions against Russia. It is ready to redirect part of the liquefied natural gas supplies destined for Seoul to Western countries, KBS TV channel reported.

The initiator was the South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. According to the media, the volume of these supplies will not affect the situation in the country, since the cold season has already ended. At the same time, sources of the Yonhap agency report that South Korea could have been persistently forced to such assistance in the gas issue by the United States or the European Union, since back in February Seoul rejected such a request from Washington.

Earlier it was reported that the European Union may increase purchases of Russian gas in the near future through countries that are ready to pay for it in rubles. The EU leadership will take such a step to compensate for the cessation of supplies to Poland and Bulgaria. It is also reported that the countries are not currently experiencing a gas shortage and technically can receive both pipeline gas from the European market and LNG.