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The head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) urge the West to prepare for this possibility as the war in Ukraine continues to batter progress made in recent years regarding relations with Russia. Since the begging of the “special military operation”, Europe has made some steps away from relying on Russian energy sources but would still be hit hard if the Kremlin did decide to take this route.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol said that even if the Kremlin stopped short of this mark, it could impose other measures that would damage the West.

He told Reuters: “Considering this recent behaviour, I wouldn’t rule out Russia continuing to find different issues here and there and continuing to find excuses to further reduce gas deliveries to Europe.

“[It could] maybe even cut it off completely.”

Mr Birol stressed: “This is the reason Europe needs contingency plans”