Putin linked the EU’s mistakes with the neglect of traditional energy sources

Europe neglected traditional energy, relying on renewable sources, the President of Russia said, calling European countries “great specialists in the field of non-traditional relations”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to shift responsibility for its energy mistakes onto Gazprom, calling the move unfounded. He stated this following a working visit to Iran.

At the same time, Europe itself neglected traditional energy, relying on alternative sources, he pointed out.

“They are great experts in the field non-traditional relationships. So in the field of energy, they decided to rely on non-traditional types of energy: the sun, wind energy. The winter turned out to be long, there was no wind— that's all, — Putin said.

He assured that Gazprom ready to “pump as much as you need.”

The Europeans because of the sanctions on the Yamal gas pipeline— Europe» only lost, the head of state is convinced. In May, Russia imposed retaliatory sanctions against Europe, which affected the Polish EuRoPol GAZ, which owns a section of the Yamal gas pipeline; Europe, going through Poland, as well as the former “daughters” Gazprom, including Gazprom Germania. As a result, Gazprom stopped pumping gas through the Polish section of the pipeline.

Putin also recalled the decision on Ukraine's decision to stop the pumping of Russian gas through the GIS “Sokhravovka” and compressor station (CS) “Novopskov”, citing force majeure.

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In early June, Putin said that the West overestimated the possibilities of renewable energy sources and downplayed the importance of traditional forms of energy, primarily hydrocarbons. “This is in the future, probably, but today it is not in the proper volume and of the proper quality and at the right prices,” — he noted.

Later, the president pointed out that the Western countries “everyone was making noise, making noise about the environment and limiting emissions,” and now they are again turning to coal energy. The EU decided to return to this fuel in an attempt to replace Russian energy sources.

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