MADRID, July 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured this Monday that Russia is reducing the flow of gas to Europe to make it “as difficult as possible” for Europeans to prepare for the winter and urged his partners to “close the blow.” reply”. .
“Today we saw another gas threat for Europe. Even with the concession of the Nord Stream turbine, Russia will not resume gas supplies to European countries because it is contractually obliged to do so. Russia is doing all this specifically so that Europeans can make it as difficult as possible to prepare for the winter,” the Ukrainian president said in his daily message to the country’s population.
Selenski described the announcement by the Russian gas company Gazprom this Monday that it would halve gas deliveries through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline as an “open gas war”.
“This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe – that is how it should be perceived. And they don’t care what happens to people, how they will suffer: from hunger because of blocked ports or from winter cold and poverty,” added the President of Ukraine.
In this sense, the Ukrainian head of state called on his European partners to “strike back” with tightened sanctions.
“Don’t think about sending another turbine, tighten sanctions. Do everything to limit Russian revenues not only from gas and oil, but also from the remaining exports. And break trade ties with Russia as much as possible, because any tie is a potential means of putting pressure on Russia,” Zelenskyy said.
“A terrorist state needs Europe’s gas extortion, which is getting worse by the month, to make life even worse for all Europeans. And that can actually be seen as an incentive for the eighth EU sanctions package to be significantly stronger than the seventh recently adopted ,” he added.