According to Hochstein, the essence of the explanation should be why Russia did not increase gas supplies to the EU in excess of its contractual obligations after the energy shortage arose in Europe.
"I think Russia should explain why it did not increase gas supplies to Europe in excess of contractual obligations", - quotes the words of the American diplomat Prime with reference to the data of the publication "RBK-Ukraine".
Hochstein made a reservation that he is now pumping gas to Europe at the highest level.
“But we are talking about the bar, which is determined by contracts. And hiding behind the terms of contracts when your partners are going through an energy crisis causing an economic crisis, in my opinion, does not deserve approval", - said Hochstein.
The State Department spokesman is convinced that if Russia wants to be known as a reliable supplier, it should increase the production and supply of natural gas to the level of today's demand in Europe.
The gas crisis in the EU began in September this year. Against the background of the last cold winter and increased gas consumption, the fuel reserves in European storages decreased. In the face of increased demand for gas in Asia on the eve of the heating season, suppliers were unable to meet the rapidly growing needs of consumers.
This led to a multiple increase in gas prices. As a result, the cost of 1,000 cubic meters of fuel exceeded the record mark of $ 1,000, and on some days it began to reach $ 1,500 and even $ 1,900. Experts predict that during the crisis, gas prices may reach $ 3,000 per 1,000 cubic meters.