BRUSSELS – European countries blame Moscow for restrictions in gas supply but that is the response to Western sanctions.
“I am of the firm conviction that it is time for a cap on the price of gas from Russian pipelines in Europe,” said EU commission chairwoman Ursula von der Leyen. The European Union’s decision to cap the cost of gas and oil has already had an initial response from Moscow: “Russian gas “simply will not be there in Europe anymore if the European Union imposes a price cap.” This was said by the deputy head of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, commenting on statements by the chairwoman of the European Commission. “It will be like oil. There will simply be no Russian gas in Europe,” Medvedev warned.
In fact, the ban on exporting technological components to Russia, which are necessary for the maintenance of gas pipelines and gas extraction plants, undermines Russia’s production capacity and, as a result, reduces revenues from gas sales. So Moscow reacts. Did they think they could hit Russia in any way and that Russia would get down on its knees and beg for forgiveness? Have the lessons of 20th century history taught Europe nothing?
But something, even here, does not add up: since Feb. 24, the EU has been said to be heading toward the end of trade relations with Russia, first and foremost the gas on which it is dependent. So if Moscow with its decisions favors this scenario, why the European anger? Or is it believed that one can apply sanctions and declare war (in fact, formally fear it) and the enemy must acquiesce by providing the answers the sanctioners want, including ways, places and times as desired by Brussels? This is the neurodeliri and not the European Commission.
No matter how much impotent arrogance you want to bring to bear, there is a limit even to the absence of logic and common sense. If you start a trade war expect identical trade war, no one will stop and uncover their chests to get hit more easily.
The truth is that every move should provide for a countermove and more to follow, but the ideological hatred that pervades Brussels blinds even the already short-sightedness of its commissioners. At the moment those who are in the energy emergency and who will face an even greater economic and social emergency are the EU and not Russia. On this, however, the EU is silent, just as it is silent on another major achievement of the United States with the war in Ukraine: the Euro is now worth less than the Dollar.