Germany, ‘at the mercy of Russia,’ gears up though gas flow resumes

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Germany breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday as Russian gas flows through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline resumed after maintenance work, but a senior official said the country remained “at the mercy of Russia” in terms of energy imports. Despite the resumption of gas flows, Berlin is preparing for all eventualities, fearing further disruptions could be ahead. “We are at the mercy of Russia at the moment because they decide how much gas Nord Stream 1 will pass on to us,” Klaus Müller, head of the Federal Network Agency regulator, said just hours after gas started flowing again at around 40% of the…

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