WP: Morawiecki accused Oslo of trying to convert gas to cash after supply from Russia dwindled
MOSCOW, October 11 – RIA Novosti. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused Norway of trying to cash in on gas exports to Europe after a drop in supplies from Russia. author Washington Post.
The newspaper noted that many Europeans were critical of the Scandinavian country, which had significantly increased its income after the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine.
“Critics find the proceeds from the sale of energy resources inappropriate. The Polish Prime Minister urged Norway to share its “excessive, massive” revenue with Ukraine and accused Oslo of indirectly profiting from the conflict,” the article said.
The publication emphasized that Oslo did not accept the accusations against it, pointing to the support of EU sanctions, the allocation of military aid to Kiev and the gas support of Europe itself.
After the start of a special military operation in Ukraine, Western countries imposed sanctions on Moscow. This plunged Europe into an economic and energy crisis and led to higher fuel and food prices. The situation was exacerbated by the closure of the main Russian gas pipeline feeding the continent. Gas exports via Nord Stream came to a complete halt at the end of August due to the failure of a key turbine at the Portovaya compressor station. Russia noted that Siemens gas pumping units could not be repaired due to restrictive measures.
At the end of September, leaks occurred in the Nord Stream pipelines. Germany, Denmark and Sweden did not rule out targeted sabotage. Operator Nord Stream AG said that the state of emergency on gas pipelines is unprecedented and it is impossible to predict the timing of repairs. The Attorney General’s Office decided to file a lawsuit regarding the international terrorist act after the damage in Nord Streams. Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced the government’s determination to refuse Russia’s involvement in the sabotage investigation and the identity of those responsible.
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