Germany has activated the second phase of its three-phase emergency action plan to supply gas, authorities say the country is facing a "gas crisis," The Associated Press reported on Thursday, citing Economy Minister Robert Habeck.
"Even if we can't feel it now, we are in a gas crisis," Habek said.
He noted that Germany will take action due to the reduction in gas supplies, but it has a "thorny path" to go through.
The country's authorities said that the decision to raise the level to "alarming" was made in connection with the reduction in supplies from the Russian Federation, which occurred on June 14. It was also affected by the high market price of gas. The third and highest level of the plan is the "emergency" level.
Despite the fact that at the moment the gas storage facilities are 58% full, it will not be possible to reach 90% fullness by December without additional measures.