The President stressed that this blackmail is cynical and calculated, and called on European countries to unite in the sanctions policy.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the situation on the energy market, especially for European consumers, continues to be very dangerous.
Zelensky said this in his video message tonight, published on Telegram.
“On the energy market, and especially for European consumers, the situation continues to be very dangerous due to the cynical and calculated gas blackmail of Russia. Instead of supplying gas to Europe in accordance with contracts, Russia even simply burns it – and for more than one week. For “What is she doing? So that prices in Europe will rise even more, so that ordinary Europeans will suffer even more, and so that it will be even more difficult for everyone on the continent to prepare for winter,” Zelensky stressed.
According to him, this is a manifestation of a conscious anti-European policy, an anti-human policy of Russia and a consequence of the old mistakes of Europeans who did not want to see that Gazprom, Russian gas pipelines bypassing Ukraine are the same weapon for Russia, like tanks, like artillery.
“And the target for them is each of us, each in Europe,” Zelensky stressed.
Therefore, the Ukrainian president noted, the Europeans need to defend themselves together.
“Together – to prepare for the new heating season. Together – to respond to any provocations of Russia in the energy sector. Together – to develop sanctions steps in response to Russian blackmail and terror,” Zelensky said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on July 26, Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said that the member states of the European Union had reached an agreement to reduce gas consumption by 15%, as the prospect of a complete cessation of supplies from the Russian Federation becomes more and more likely.
On the same day, German Foreign Minister Annalena Burbock said the European Union would not succumb to Moscow’s “blackmail” after Russia’s Gazprom announced another significant reduction in gas supplies via Nord Stream 1, which connects Russia and Germany. .