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Is Russia “Weaponizing” Natural Gas Against EU?

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Is Russia "Weaponizing" Natural Gas Against EU?

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Russia’s hope was to establish long-standing ties with the EU and make sure the strategic security on its western borders would be ensured through economic cooperation, not military might. However, Washington DC had other plans and the compliant elites in Brussels followed suit.

Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

For years, the political West has been accusing Russia of so-called “weaponization” of its natural resources, particularly gas and oil. Moscow is being blamed for using these essential resources to supposedly “blackmail” the European Union, while Brussels, partly pushed by US imperialist belligerence, partly by its own (neo)colonialist ambition, kept creeping up to Russia’s geopolitical backyard, creating ever-escalating tensions with the Eurasian giant. Moscow would never allow the repeat of the Nazi German invasion which took tens of millions of Russian lives, in addition to the unprecedented devastation left in its wake. To make matters worse, “Barbarossa” was yet another on the long list of attempts by the political West to destroy Russia. For over a thousand years, many in Europe have tried to neutralize the Eurasian giant. Russia prevailed each and every time, but it had to do it with the force of arms.

However, in recent decades, Moscow has been trying hard to establish mutually beneficial cooperation with the political West, especially its European portion. This included making long-term deals with the EU, particularly those concerning the supply of essential commodities such as natural gas, oil, food and other raw materials which were helping fuel the growth of entire industries in Europe and elsewhere. Russia’s hope was to establish long-standing ties with the EU and make sure the strategic security on its western borders would be ensured through economic cooperation, not military might. However, Washington DC had other plans and the compliant elites in Brussels followed suit, making sure NATO military infrastructure (especially the strategically impactful US military facilities) kept expanding eastwards, getting ever closer to Russia’s heartland.

Even in this situation, Moscow tried de-escalating. Although it still kept working on ways to counter this crawling encroachment militarily, especially through the development and fielding of strategically unrivaled capabilities, Russia was hopeful that “cooler heads” would eventually prevail in Brussels and other major EU capitals, particularly Paris and Berlin. This hope still somewhat held on even after the disastrous 2014 Maidan coup which brought the Neo-Nazi junta to power in Kiev. For nearly a decade, Moscow kept trying to bring the political West to its senses. Unfortunately, to no avail, since this approach was seen as a weakness in Washington DC and Brussels. On February 24, Russia decided to put a stop to it all.

Now, after months of a failed economic siege of the Eurasian giant, especially after the sanctions boomerang started ravaging Western economies, the political West is trying to play a rather comical blame game, accusing Moscow of “weaponizing” its own natural resources. Faced with the prospect of a disastrous winter, the EU is now caught between its suicidal subservience to Washington DC and the need to simply survive. While the US keeps importing Russian commodities (at a volume of approximately $1 billion per month), it is forcing Brussels to effectively enforce a self-imposed embargo which is causing untold damage to the EU’s already dwindling production sector, causing a cascading effect of economic devastation on other seemingly unrelated industries.

Instead of trying to make a deal with Moscow, Brussels joined the economic war on Russia, prompting the Eurasian giant to respond. Now, when natural gas prices are upwards of 400% higher than just a year ago, EU powers, particularly Germany, are faced with the prospect of a near-complete industrial shutdown. And the burning issue isn’t only coming from soaring natural gas prices, but also the shortages. For months, high prices were bleeding the EU economies dry of cash, but after the Nord Stream stopped pumping natural gas altogether, the issue is exponentially worse, as entire industries are at risk of collapsing completely.

In addition to the production sector shutdown, many EU members are faced with soaring energy prices, which is putting a tremendous amount of pressure on households, which are faced with the prospect of not just bankruptcy, but also freezing, as the cold season in the EU is starting with natural gas storage facilities at their lowest level ever. Thus, the pressure on Brussels is both economic and social. With many EU member states’ governments collapsing, the political instability in the troubled bloc is bound to get much worse in the coming months. In addition to natural gas shortages, there is also the problem of soaring food prices, which also might turn into shortages soon, causing even more social and political instability across the EU.

The question is what will the EU do? Should it ask for help from its overlords in Washington DC? And will the US send food, oil, gas and other essential commodities? Does the US even have enough of those for itself? How will the “moral high ground of sticking it to Putin“ help heat homes, feed hundreds of millions of hungry (and angry) citizens and power entire economies and countries? How will the EU governments explain to their voters that all this is “worth doing“ so that the “young, vibrant democracy in Kiev“ can survive? What will Europe look like in 2023 after it goes through a complete political and social unraveling? Will the EU ever become sovereign enough to realize that whatever happens, the US will continue importing essential commodities from Russia while pressuring others not to do so? The coming winter will be a perfect litmus test of sovereignty and an excellent indicator of who will get the privilege of joining the new multipolar world of sovereign nations.

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Karl Pomeroy

The West should be grateful Russia ever shared its resources in the first place.

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Censors KEEP OUT

The 5 eyes are the discreet enemies of Europe

thoughtful

The US UK EU want to pillage Russia and Ukraine and control the assets, ie ROB Russia of their resources and destroy Russia. Friends like these are ENEMIES. Open enmity is better than friendship with those looking to stab you in the back.

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Max

Anglo-Jewish unholly alliance do not attack openly, they do it in perfidious way, strangling and poisoning everyone whom they consider a threat to their world dominance of Protocols of Elders of Zion type. Stabbing in the back is their natural way of operation, their modus operandi.

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It absolutely is the Jews

Russia will do business with friendly nations. If Europe doesn’t like Russia, then go get the natural gas and oil elsewhere. Oh, and don’t expect that many Russian consumers to line up for European products. And now that Asia is the economic superpower of the world (not Europe and not so much America) Russia has plenty of rich customers willing to trade with that do not send weapons free of charge to Russian enemies.

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kotromanic

The west has told russia that they do not need their blood gas for months.

Now they get what they want and they are not happy.

Putin should have offered the europeans publicly to terminate all contracts instantly if they so desire so that all the european citizens can see who caused the lack of gas.

This constant ping pong between “we do not need russian bloodgas” and “evil russia is cutting our gas supply” is annoying.

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Joe Bidet Is A Senile Pedo

I see it like a drunk guy (the EU) comes home from the pub and beats on his wife(Russia). Then the following day asks her to give him money to go the pub with and can’t understand why she refuses.

roger

More than annoying. It’s psychopathic. Where’s the nearest lunatic asylum?

Max

You are looking for the signs of sanity of so called EU leadership installed by totally insane Klaus Schwab and his bankster-corporate WEF?

Pamfil Military Academy

Shutting down completely export energy to west libtards will make Russia more stronger than ever. And the Bruxelles khazar bandits more weak than ever. Anyway, France didn’t pay for the gas from june, for example. Off course is intentional, and if Putin would have listened to someones from beginning, by now all JEU anglo-zionist garbage from Bruxelles would have been chased by the masses.

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Disinfo

Very smart move at this point, the EU was trying to fill its reserves to the brim for the winter. Russia cutting them off now, forces them to use to reserves much faster than they had hoped and there are no viable places to buy more at the level they need.

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Jon

This article makes some very good points. If the Russia/German trade had been allowed to continue to increase both parties would have benefited. The war destroyed this opportunity.

It is true the west bears some responsibility for failing to negotiate sufficient security guarantees to satisfy Russia’s legitimate need for such.

The recent film (Scorching Sun?) sponsored by SF regarding 2014 is so horribly violent and puts unambiguous blame on “Nazi” western Ukrainians that it seems the die is cast. There is no apparent way out of the present hostilities but some zero sum result. That film, as a propaganda piece to motivate the Russian people to support this war, is clearly effective. And like all good propaganda it has to be built around a kernel of truth.

It is often argued here that Putin is holding back the full force of the Russian military might, and nukes aside, this is probably true. It appears he intends to continue and increase the squeeze on Western Europe in an effort to force some sort of capitulation on the part of the Ukraine.

The tragedy remains that this bloodbath could have been avoided. Now it appears it will have to play out to some bitter end. If the west succeeds in bleeding conventional Russian military might to the point of anemia, the Russians will have to resort nuclear forces or face a collapsing defeat. It does not appear that the west will relent on its arming the Ukrainians and for their part, and no one can appreciate or honor this resolve more than a Russian, the Ukrainians appear resolved to the death to protect their motherland.

Short of the second coming of Christ, unimaginable horror awaits us all.

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A.H.

We know who is responcibel to the exorbitant energy prices. It was all whritten in 2012. Obomba pivot to asia. Invading Syria, havoc in Libanon, fabricated uprases in Oukraine. All that to cut off Europe from cheap energy that not passes in zionists hands !!! In the Mediteranean the gasfield belonging to Egypt, Palestine, Libanon and Turky, can deliver for 70 years to Europe and all the money goos to the zionists !!! Luky, Russia and Iran stopped that plan. I hope Libanon will destroy every gasfield from the illegal entity israhell if they do not get out of Libanon gasfields. People from Europe, take the arms, go to the streets and put the criminal zionist puppets against the wall or hang them in the trees !!! Free europe from zionisation. Good luck.

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roger

Russia has finally done what it should have done ever since sanctions started in 2014. I fear even this will not be enough to bring the fools governing Europe tp their senses.

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kymsheba

The ONLY ones doing ANY WEAPONIZING is the EU, NATO, USA and other western countries SUPPLYING ARMS TO UKRAINE, the situation with the gas is VERY SIMPLE TO SOLVE drop your STUPID SANCTIONS which are NOT HURTING RUSSIA ANYWAY, certify Nord Stream 2 and pay for Russian Gas in RUBLES, all these problems are CREATED BY THE EU, NATO, USA and the WESTERN NATIONS there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING RUSSIA HAS DONE AT ALL.

SO ONLY ONES WEAPONIZING ANYTHING IS THE IDIOTS IN THE EU, NATO, USA, and the WESTERN NATIONS SUPPORTING UKRAINE.

SO STOP TRYING TO BLAME RUSSIA FOR YOUR OWN DOINGS =Z=

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tommy sawyer

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Kev

No surpise there. This is the cost of idiotic sanctions heaped on top of an unjustified genocide in Ukraine against Russian speaking citizens…fellow human beings ffs. NO GAS FOR YOU!

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USA #1 moron

I have gun—will hunt squirrel suck lgbt cock for nutrition

Emrisrex

EU weaponising sanctions against Russia…….

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Max

please note that so called “EU” is nothing but a civiliaan arm of NATO. You can become EU member only AFTER joining NATO. NATO is not pact of allies, NATO is oligarchy constituted by corporations, banks and freemasonic/zionists ideologues. NATO does not represent nations. Morelike occupation force of satanic type.

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