Moscow is awaiting regulatory approval for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline to start pumping gas to Germany. Nord Stream 2 A.G., a Switzerland-based company owned by a subsidiary of Gazprom, said in a statement on October 4 that it has begun filling the pipeline with gas.
Opponents of the controversial pipeline say Russia has applied pressure to speed up the project's approval by not supplying extra gas to Europe as prices have surged.
Brussels will publish a "toolbox" outlining countries' options to respond to energy price spikes, such as consumer subsidies and energy tax breaks, next week. Some governments have already rolled out such measures.
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