Europe condemned by the USA to hunger and cold

Europeans have been condemned to starvation and cold to meet US hegemonic demands, Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin warns.

The United States “will stop at nothing to cling to its power over the world as it throws under the bus the well-being of citizens and the economies of European countries to achieve this goal,” Volodin said Friday on social networks, quoted by RT. .

Volodin noted that natural gas in the United States costs $333 per 1,000 cubic meters. “At the same time, Washington sells it to Europe for a price which is 7.3 [times] higher, making the EU economy uncompetitive,” he wrote, adding that the annual inflation rate in the euro zone had reached a record 8.9%.

He said the Europeans’ decision to sever economic ties with Russia “was taken under pressure from Washington”.

European states are heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas for their energy supply.

However, Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine in late February prompted US-led European states to sever ties with Russia, plunging their economies into crisis.

The Europeans decided to cut themselves off from Russian oil and gas, claiming Russian energy suppliers were unreliable.

Germany halted the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which aimed to double the flow of Russian gas heading directly to Germany, in response to Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned shortly after Germany banned Russian energy that the move was “absolutely absurd”, warning that its consumers would face extreme hardship.

“Rising energy prices can be unpredictable,” he insisted.

“I would like to point out that the complete incompetence of European decision-makers due to poorly designed policies and a lack of strategic planning led to this result,” he explained.

Earlier this month, the European Union approved a plan that would see its member states cut their gas consumption by 15% in a bid to tackle the energy crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russian suppliers are willing to send all the energy needed to Europe. Russia is “ready to pump as much as necessary”, however, the bloc has “closed everything itself”.