War in Ukraine: Zelensky calls on Europe to “retaliate” to the “gas war” by tightening sanctions against Russia

War in Ukraine: Zelensky calls on Europe to “retaliate” to the “gas war” by tightening sanctions against Russia

The Russian gas giant Gazprom announced that it would drastically reduce Russian gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream gas pipeline from Wednesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. STR / AFP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday July 25 called on Europe to “respond” to the “gas war” waged by Russia by strengthening European sanctions against Moscow.

“Today we heard new gas threats to Europe. Despite the turbine concession for Nord Stream, Russia will not resume gas supply to European countries, as it is contractually obliged to do,” Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily video message, commenting on Gazprom’s announcement of another drastic cut in gas supplies to Europe.

He was referring to the position of Russia, which had already cut the volume of its deliveries twice in June, saying that the gas pipeline could not operate normally without a turbine which was being repaired in Canada and which had not returned to Russia because of the sanctions imposed by the West.

Since then, Germany and Canada have agreed to bring the equipment back to Russia, but the turbine has not yet been delivered. “It is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe. They don’t care what happens to people, how they suffer – from hunger due to blocked ports, from winter cold and poverty… or from occupation. These are just different forms of terror,” said the Ukrainian president. “That’s why you have to fight back. Don’t think about how to bring the turbine back, but reinforce the sanctions,” he concluded.

Westerners accuse Moscow of using the energy weapon in retaliation for the sanctions adopted after the offensive against Ukraine. The Nord Stream gas pipeline linking Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea is strategic for gas supplies to Europeans, who are highly dependent on Russian energy resources.

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