Thursday, December 08, 2022

Threats from Vladimir Putin: Will the West succumb to sanctions in the winter?

Vladimir Putin does not want to resume gas supplies to the West until sanctions against Russia are lifted. Are some countries now threatening to bow down?


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  • Putin has severely curtailed gas supplies to Western Europe.
  • If the restrictions are not lifted, he wants to stop them completely.
  • But according to one expert, the West will not bow down – it will be “incredible”.

A clear message from Russia: If sanctions are lifted, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to supply gas again. There is nothing before this, as Gazprom announced.

The official reason was turbines which were believed to have to be repaired. As a result, the European Union lifted some restrictions in order to be able to transport those turbines from Germany to Russia.

Are more restrictions threatening fall in winter? spoke to Ulrich Schmid, an expert on Russia. It is clear to them that the West will not bow down in spite of the impending energy crisis in winter.

“It will make you unbelievable,” he is convinced. The threat of Putin’s gas and oil stagnation is nothing more than hot air anyway. The threat only shows that “the sanctions are too painful for Russia”.

The race between Vladimir Putin and the West

According to Schmid, the sanctions for technology goods that really affect Russia are too harsh. “In addition, the disruption in the supply chain hits the Russian economy hard.”

By December, oil and gas yields will also drop significantly. Russia’s expert believes that until then, Putin can no longer afford to give up income from the West.

Are you already saving energy?

Social spending for Russians is also likely to continue to rise. At the moment a race is still going on: “Russia expects that Western Europe will be short of energy. And the West hopes that the Russian economy can no longer run without income from the West.”

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