Putin tells Europe to lift gas sanctions: ‘If you have a craving, if it’s that hard for you, just lift the sanctions’

Russian President Vladimir Poutine says that if Europe wants more gas, it should lift sanctions against North Flow 2 pipeline.

What happened: Speaking to the media at Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan on Friday, Putin said Russia had nothing to do with Europe’s energy crisis. He blamed the EU for its “green agenda” that caused the energy crisis and said the Kremlin would fulfill its energy obligations.

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“At the end of the day, if you have a craving, if it’s that hard for you, just lift the sanctions on Nord Stream 2, which is 55 billion cubic meters of gas a year, just push the button and it’s all over. will set in motion,” he said, Reuters reported.

Nord Stream 2 was built a year ago and sits on the bed of the Baltic Sea almost parallel to Nord Stream 1. However, days before Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Germany decided not to proceed with the project.

Following the invasion, Russian supplies dwindled, leading to skyrocketing gas prices in Europe. Today, the escalation between the West and Russia over the latter’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to drive up gas prices in Europe even further.

Brussels has often accused the Kremlin of militarizing energy supplies in retaliation for Western sanctions. At the same time, Putin’s government has also blamed these sanctions for causing gas supply problems.

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Mary I. Bruner