Plzen - A potential halt of supplies of natural gas from Russia via Ukraine does not pose a direct danger for the Czech Republic as there are other supply routes, President Milos Zeman said at the end of his three-day visit to the Plzensky region today.
According to Zeman, the Ukrainian crisis will not last too long and, in addition, the Czech Republic has full reserves as well as the possibility to use alternative routes of gas supplies.
"It is necessary to realise that there is Nord Stream, which bypasses Ukraine via the bottom of the Baltic Sea. It is necessary to realise that there is Gazela and Ingolstadt and that the capacity of our storage facilities is filled to the rim. It suffices for about 120 days of usual consumption," Zeman said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will halt gas supplies to Europe in June unless Ukraine pays back its debt for Russian gas supplies.
In reaction to Putin's statement, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has convened a meeting of the national security council for May 20.
According to Sobotka, the Czech Republic is prepared for a possible halt of Russian gas supplies. One of the aims of the planned meeting is to check the Czech Republic's ability to help neighbouring countries, Sobotka said.