Europeans will be Bracing for a Difficult Winter as Russia continues to Weaponize Energy Supplies
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned all of Europe and Olaf Scholz says "Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner.”
Volodymyr Zelenskyy has warned Europe that winter will be a difficult time as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has cut oil and gas exports out of the country. The main pipeline providing gas and oil to Europe has been shut down recently. Zelenskyy said, "Russia is preparing a decisive energy blow on all Europeans for this winter.”
Western sanctions have been the reasoning, as well as “technical issues,” as to why there have been so many energy disruptions out of Russia and even Ukraine. European countries that have been dependent on Russia have recently given the Ukrainian military and government support (economically and militarily) and have also begun to follow suit with Ukraine and accuse Russia solely for the weaponizing of energy supplies.
Shortages and a spike in living costs will eventually lead to the slowdown of European support to Ukraine, as they will need to focus on more domestic issues which are brewing right now, according to analysts. Russia said it would keep the Nord Stream 1 pipeline closed just last week. This is the main gas route to Germany and in response, the G7 countries offered up a planned price cap on Russian oil exports. Countries that add a cap will not receive any oil, according to Russia.
Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor of Germany, said that the country has been strategizing for a total stoppage of gas and oil deliveries toward the end of the year. He said, "Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner.” Olaf Scholz also reassured the world that Germany will be fine during this time of difficulty.