EU becomes addicted to US energy supplies – Kremlin – RT Business News
While cherishing a strong ambition to shed their dependence on Russian energy supplies, EU member states are slow to recognize that they are inevitably becoming heavily dependent on the United States, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
By becoming so dependent on energy imports from the United States, Brussels is effectively replacing a “addiction” with another, the spokesperson said, ironically adding that in the second case “the return is much less.”
“And now, while Europeans are spending billions of euros every day, those billions of dollars are earned in Washington,” Peskov said in an interview with Russian state TV channel Rossiya 1.
The EU has been grappling with a serious energy crisis for more than a year. The crisis has been exacerbated by the bloc’s efforts to punish Russia over the Ukraine conflict with sanctions and to reduce its energy dependence on the country, which was previously its main supplier of natural gas.
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The situation worsened considerably in early July following the first interruption of Russian supplies to a number of EU countries. The reductions in deliveries were attributed to maintenance problems with the turbines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline due to the sanctions. The pipeline then exploded in September, rendering it unusable.
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