Russia Says European Countries Still Buying their Petroleum

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This might be shocking to some of you. It goes against what western media has been saying. Keep in mind the source of this one, but if true it shows that what you often hear on Twitter or on Facebook could often not be accurate. Let’s take a look at this recent shock report from Russia.

According to Frances Martel from Breitbart,

“The Russian news agency Tass reported on Wednesday that European states had “significantly increased gas purchases from Russia” this year despite global calls to boycott trade with the country in light of its ongoing war in Ukraine.

Tass cited an official spokesman for the Russian natural gas corporation Gazprom who confirmed that Europe not only continued to purchase gas from Russia but that it was receiving gas shipments from Russia through Ukrainian territory.

The European Union and others on the continent have taken a vocal stance in support of Ukraine, condemning the eight-year-old Russian war in the country with renewed vigor. European states have largely failed to turn their words into meaningful action, however, as many of their economies are heavily dependent on Russian natural gas, oil, and coal. Their purchases fund the Russian state and, thus, the war they claim to oppose.

“Gazprom supplies Russian gas for transit through the territory of Ukraine in the regular mode in accordance with the requests of European consumers – 56 mln cubic meters as of April 20,” Gazprom representative Sergey Kupriyanov said, according to Tass.

More from Breitbart:

Fuel, both oil and gas, is Russia’s top export, and European countries make up half of the countries on the list of top ten importers of Russian products. In addition to fueling the Russian economy and the Putin regime, Gazprom has explicit ties to the Russian military. In press releases, the company itself has referred to having a role in “Russia’s military-industrial complex” and eagerly seeking partnership with Russian military operations.

Tass claimed on Wednesday that Europe, “Europe has recently significantly increased gas purchases from Russia against the backdrop of rising spot prices due to cold weather, lack of wind, and the aggravation of the situation in Ukraine.”

The European Union did admitted €35 billion (about $38 billion) in purchases on Russian energy, including natural gas, since Putin announced his war in Ukraine in February.

President of the Council of Foreign Relations Richard Haas went on CNBC to discuss:

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Russia has threatened to cut gas exports to Europe if there are further sanctions against them.

It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. Former President Trump made this claim years ago that NATO countries were buying gas from Russia while the US helped defend them from Russia. That wasn’t right back then and it isn’t right now. That’s why we need to ask our elected officials to ask tough questions about what the policies actually are surrounding Ukraine. Do you think Russia is telling the truth here? Let us know in the comments.

Stacey Warner

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