Schwarzenegger furious that Europe is buying Russian energy while financing the war in Ukraine | World | New
Mr. Schwarzenegger explained how Western countries contributed to the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The former actor-turned-politician explained how European countries sent Russia up to 44 billion euros for fuel in the first two months of the invasion. The war in Ukraine has been going on for more than three months now, and Western political leaders are trying to financially sanction Russia in order to stop the conflict.
Mr Schwarzenegger criticized the West and claimed they had blood on their hands for continuing to buy petrol.
Speaking at the Austrian World Summit 2022, he said; “And speaking of war, how many wars are caused or funded by our outdated energy policies?
“I mean, just look at the tragedy in Ukraine, we’re horrified by the images we see on the news every night, but let’s be honest, let’s be honest with ourselves here.
“The 1,300 missiles that Russia launched at Ukrainian cities in the first two months of the war cost 7.7 billion euros, now that’s a lot.
“But in that same period, Europe sent Russia 44 billion euros for fuel, so of course the Russians are upset that they are losing all their soldiers and they are losing a lot of their equipment.
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“And tanks and planes and all that, but they say, hey at least we don’t have to pay for this war.
Mr Schwarzenegger added: “The Europeans are sending us money, they are paying for the war, no matter how you look at it, we have blood on our hands.
“Because we are funding war, we need to stop lying to ourselves, right now we have all the technology we need to leave fossil fuels in the past.
“We have a moral obligation to use this technology, we owe it to have millions of it… To breathe across the world, we owe it to Ukrainian children growing up in bomb shelters.
“We owe it to ourselves, we have to do whatever it takes to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels. We have to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
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“Failure is not an option here, my friend’s technology can be our saviour.”
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has imposed sanctions on Russia since the invasion began.
Many Western political figures believe that one of the best ways to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from financing his invasion is to boycott his oil and gas altogether.
Many Western countries have seen dramatic increases in energy prices, and petrol prices have continued to soar in Britain due to the government’s decision to wean itself off Russian energy.
Ms Truss said: “Doing business with Putin’s regime is morally bankrupt and helps fund a war machine that is causing untold suffering across Ukraine. Cutting off Russia’s access to British services will put more pressure on the Kremlin and ultimately help ensure Putin’s failure in Ukraine.
One of Putin’s most wanted US-British financiers, Bill Browder, has actively called on the West to do more because he believes Western oil and gas sanctions don’t go far enough to really affect Putin. financially.
Mr Browder told the Express: “Well, we haven’t done enough financial sanctions, the purpose of financial sanctions is to stop Putin from waging this war.
“In other words, if he doesn’t have the money he can’t finance an invasion, right now he has a lot of money coming in, mostly from the sale of oil and gas, to Western Europe.
Mr Browder added: ‘He gets a billion dollars a day from Germany, Italy and other countries, and a war costs him a billion dollars a day, and so at the moment he doesn’t not suffer financially.
“We have to make him suffer financially if there is any likelihood that he will then reduce the war.”