EU energy ministers hold tense talks on Russian natural gas price cap
24 November 2022 | 2:23 pm
Talks are taking place in Brussels on a proposal to set the ceiling for the price of Russian natural gas at €275 per megawatt hour. The plan has come under criticism from all sides for either being too complicated, too high or unnecessary.
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