Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić turned off the refrigerator and most of the lights in the residence to save electricity amid rising prices. He told reporters about this on August 30 after the ceremony of presenting the Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla with the Order of the Serbian Flag of the first degree for special merits in the development of cooperation between states.
“I would show you how I turned off all the lights on my floor. I also turned off the refrigerator, ”Kurir quoted him as saying.
Vučić said that the Serbian authorities had imported four gigawatts of electricity the day before, which cost the budget €2.4 million.
“We still have a bit of a hard summer, a hard autumn and a harder winter ahead of us. I hope that we will overcome everything and soon we will be able to present the plan to the citizens. We will fight together. We will soon come up with measures for all citizens,” he added.
Earlier, on August 27, Aleksandar Vučić said that Serbia was buying Russian gas at a fantastic price. According to him, Serbia spends 3.2 billion cubic meters of gas. The country receives 2 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia at a price of €800 million.
The day before, the Serbian leader said that not a single European country can overcome the current energy crisis and buy gas at established prices. According to him, problems await Europe in autumn and winter.
Prior to this, on August 24, the President of Serbia drew attention to the fact that the largest European countries faced the problem of power outages amid the crisis. He stressed that Great Britain, Finland, Germany and other developed countries of Europe announce this. At the same time, Vučić did not rule out that Serbia would not face the same problem.
On August 26, it became known that exchange prices for gas in Europe exceeded $3,500 per 1,000 cubic meters. m. Prior to this, the historical maximum was recorded on March 7, when the April futures traded at $ 3,898 per 1 thousand cubic meters. m.
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the refusal of a number of Western countries from normal cooperation with Russia, as well as from part of Russian energy resources, had already hit Western countries. Prices are rising everywhere, and inflation is going through the roof. This, he said, is absolutely unprecedented for these countries. Putin also noted that Europe, in fact, commits an auto-da-fé, refusing the energy resources of the Russian Federation.