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Russia Threatens to Withhold Europe’s Natural Gas

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President Biden announced that the United States will ban Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports in order to directly punish Russia for invading Ukraine. Russia also has threatened to withhold its natural gas supplies to Europe as a punishment for imposing sanctions. The Hill reported that news outlets quoted Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak threatening the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. The pipeline sends natural gas to the continent.

Russia provides a resounding 40 percent of Europe’s natural gas. “We have every right to take a matching decision and impose an embargo on gas pumping through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline,” Novak said. Germany made the decision to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from supplying more gas.

Novak understands how dependent the world is on its oil production and warned against banning Russian oil imports. “It is absolutely clear that a rejection of Russian oil would lead to catastrophic consequences for the global market” added Novak.

“The surge in prices would be unpredictable. It would be $300 per barrel if not more” he warned. Biden is expected to “announce actions to continue to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine.”

The European Union also announced on Tuesday they are creating a plan to eliminate European reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2030, also a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The European Commission said in a statement the proposal could reduce the EU demand for Russian gas by two thirds by the end of 2022.

“We simply cannot rely on a supplier who explicitly threatens us,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. “We need to act now to mitigate the impact of rising energy prices, diversify our gas supply for next winter and accelerate the clean energy transition.”

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Kenneth P Lord

    March 8, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Ursula, then you and the NATO/EU cabal quit threatening Russia with increasing NATO/EU membership with the traditional’buffer’ states with Russia.

  2. Eileen McRae

    March 8, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    Tit for tat.

  3. carvicen

    March 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Ya no caben juntos en el planeta Tierra. Tiene que desaparecer uno de los bloques. Prefiero que desaparezca de la faz de la tierra el bloque de la OTAN y sus satélites…

  4. Shahadat Ali

    March 8, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Russia’s old systems of Barter deal
    would spin WEF,CB spin their head.
    Barter deal is exchange of goods no Rubble,no shitcoin..ages sense?

  5. Dino Donze

    March 8, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    When will they admit Trump was right????

  6. Mia

    March 10, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Couldnt happen to a nicer guy

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Report: Ukraine Sunk Russian Warship By Using US Intel

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Ukraine sunk the Russian warship Moskva last month using United States intelligence, according to a new report from NBC News.

“A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet,” NBC News reported. “It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said. Moscow said the vessel sank after a fire. The Moskva was the largest Russian warship sunk in combat since World War II. American officials said there were significant Russian casualties, but they don’t know how many.”

“The attack happened after Ukrainian forces asked the Americans about a ship sailing in the Black Sea south of Odesa, U.S. officials told NBC News,” the outlet added. “The U.S. identified it as the Moskva, officials said, and helped confirm its location, after which the Ukrainians targeted the ship.”

The news comes the day after a report from The New York Times revealed that the United States has provided Ukraine with intelligence on Russian military units that has enabled the country to kill multiple Russian generals.

“The targeting help is part of a classified effort by the Biden administration to provide real-time battlefield intelligence to Ukraine,” The New York Times reported. “That intelligence also includes anticipated Russian troop movements gleaned from recent American assessments of Moscow’s secret battle plan for the fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, the officials said. Officials declined to specify how many generals had been killed as a result of U.S. assistance.”

“The United States has focused on providing the location and other details about the Russian military’s mobile headquarters, which relocate frequently,” the outlet added. “Ukrainian officials have combined that geographic information with their own intelligence — including intercepted communications that alert the Ukrainian military to the presence of senior Russian officers — to conduct artillery strikes and other attacks that have killed Russian officers.”

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Putin’s Personal Cameraman Quit After Recording His Invasion Speech

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s personal cameraman, Ilya Filatov, reportedly quit his job immediately after filming Putin’s announcement that he would be invading Ukraine.

The timing of Filatov’s exit from a job that he had for over a decade led to speculation that he actually faced dismissal because of negative comments he allegedly made about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, Filatov “denies this version,” according to independent Russian news site The Insider, which is banned in Russia. Filatov claims that he quit because he “reached the ceiling in the profession” and that he was “tired of sitting in quarantine for many months,” which he was required to do to reduce the likelihood he could contract COVID-19 and infect Putin.

Filatov’s sudden departure from his long time role as Putin’s cameraman was part of a pattern of Russian employee exits following comments suggesting opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As explained by The Insider, “Since the beginning of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, one by one employees of Russian TV channels have been fired or left the frame. On April 21, Alexander Gurevich, the host of the One Hundred to One program, resigned from the VGTRK . Prior to this, anti-war comments on his behalf appeared under the episodes of the show on YouTube. In March, it became known that Zhanna Agalakova, an employee of Channel One, quit , and journalist Vadim Glusker quit NTV.”

The Insider also noted how Marina Ovsyannikova, an employee of Channel One, “broke into the live newscast for a few seconds with a poster “Stop the war! Don’t believe the propaganda, they lie to you here.” Before the action, she recorded a video message in which she condemned the actions of the Russian army on the territory of Ukraine. On March 15, the journalist was fined 30,000 rubles. In April, she became a freelance correspondent for the German Welt.”

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