Aug 19, 2022 10:15 p.m
The price at which Washington sells its gas to Europe is seven times higher than the price on the domestic market, the spokesman for the Russian State Duma criticized. The US condemned Europe to “hunger, cold and isolation”.
“In the US today, gas costs $333 per 1,000 cubic meters. Washington is selling it to Europe at 7.3 times the price, making the EU economy uncompetitive. Inflation is already at 8.9 percent Record high reached for the eurozone,” State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote on Telegram. The US condemned Europe “to hunger, cold and isolation”. In addition, the unusual heat wave in Europe had a severe impact on agriculture, and the harvest fell by 20 percent. Electricity costs have increased six-fold over the year, he added.
The spokesman was convinced that the EU countries’ decision to reject Russian energy sources was the result of pressure from Washington. The same applies to the currently discussed entry ban for Russian citizens in the European Union. According to him, countries that have become the “broadcasters of US policy” in Europe include England, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic and Finland.
“Washington is willing to do whatever it takes to maintain its power in the world, sacrificing the well-being of citizens and the economies of European countries.”
Volodin had repeatedly criticized Europe for the sanctions imposed on Russia. In early August he explained that the West’s sanctions policy had only led to higher prices, inflation and energy shortages.
His comments come at a time when the EU is plagued by an energy crisis due to rising prices around the world. Earlier this month, the EU adopted an emergency plan. This stipulates that all EU countries will voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by 15 percent from the beginning of August to March next year compared to the average consumption of the past five years in this period. According to figures from the EU Commission, a total of 45 billion cubic meters of gas must be saved. Germany would have to use about ten billion cubic meters less gas to reach the target.
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