A Gazprom refinery in Omsk, Russia.
London CNN Business  — 

The International Energy Agency has called on Russia to supply more natural gas to Europe to help alleviate soaring energy prices.

The Paris-based group said in a statement that while Russia is fulfilling its long-term contracts to European customers, exports are down from their 2019 level. Russia is the European Union’s largest supplier of natural gas.

“The IEA believes that Russia could do more to increase gas availability to Europe and ensure storage is filled to adequate levels in preparation for the coming winter heating season,” the energy watchdog said. “This is also an opportunity for Russia to underscore its credentials as a reliable supplier to the European market,” it added.