Spain's Energy Minister Teresa Ribera urged Spanish companies on Monday to reduce imports of liquefied natural gas from Russia and search for alternatives.

"It is desirable that traders seek to minimise imports of Russian gas and diversify the contracts they may hold," she told a news briefing.

In May 2022, Russian LNG accounted for 11.9% of Spanish gas imports compared with 6.6% in the same month of 2021. (Reporting by Emma Pinedo nd Belen Carreno, editing by Andrei Khalip)