“The crises around Ukraine and Belarus are developing against the background of rising gas prices in Europe.”
The statement came from EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
According to him, Russia supplies 40% of the West’s natural gas needs through gas pipelines through Ukraine and Belarus, as well as the Baltic Sea.
“To be honest, Russia is fulfilling its gas supply obligations, but many believe that its refusal to increase exports to Europe or fill Gazprom’s storage facilities is a means of pressure on the European Union,” he said. Russia uses energy as a tool of political pressure “