European leaders at fault for power disaster – Moscow

The continent is now dealing with a “democracy test,” the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has mentioned

European policymakers are accountable for the continent’s power disaster, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned on Saturday. But they’ve but to promote the concept to their constituents that their financial woes are needed, she mentioned.

Speaking to Russian information channel TV Center, Zakharova claimed European leaders have “pushed Europe, in particular the European Union, towards a global energy collapse.” According to her, they nonetheless have to persuade their residents that the disaster “is not just good and right, but is in their own interests.”

“It’s a democracy test,” she added.

Zakharova went on to say that European nations “did a good job” within the power sphere – particularly coping with the blasts that ruptured the Nord Stream 1 and a pair of pipelines in late September. “We are talking about the Baltic Sea, an area that is controlled by NATO countries… this is their area of responsibility,” she famous.

Western nations declared the blasts acts of sabotage. However, they kept away from leaping to conclusions or pointing fingers – a observe they don’t observe if there may be “an order to accuse Russia,” Zakharova mentioned.

The pipelines have been constructed to ship Russian pure gasoline on to Germany, however misplaced stress abruptly on September 26, following a sequence of underwater explosions off Bornholm Island, positioned inside the financial zones of Denmark and Sweden. Moscow has repeatedly acknowledged that it had nothing to do with the incident.

Last month, the Russian Defense Ministry accused the British Navy of collaborating in “a terrorist attack” which destroyed the pipelines. The UK has denied the accusation.

Moscow additionally claimed that the US benefited probably the most from the disruption, because it undercut the EU’s means to obtain pure gasoline provides from Russia.

The Nord Stream incident solely added to Europe’s power woes, which began to take form after Western nations imposed unprecedented sanctions on Moscow over its army operation in Ukraine. The restrictions brought about main disruptions to power deliveries, triggering protests in various EU nations towards skyrocketing power costs and surging prices of living in current months.

Zakharova mentioned final week that the EU has fully embraced the concept of isolating Russia, which is able to “only impose costs on EU countries and their citizens who are forced to pay out of their own pockets” for his or her leaders’ errors.