Chizhov: EU sanctions rush “largely emasculated”

The EU countries have gone far in imposing sanctions on Russia, and their impulse is “largely emasculated.” This was stated by the Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov, whose words are quoted by RIA Novosti.

“They have gone far enough that they can no longer retreat,” the diplomat said at the last press conference in Brussels before his departure for Moscow.

Chizhov believes that the launch of Nord Stream 2 could solve the problems of Western politicians, but this would be a “failure” of their policy, the purpose of which is “the defeat of Russia and its president.”

“In this situation, turning on Nord Stream 2 is signing your failure,” he added.

According to him, the key problem for the EU countries now is gas supplies, and at the same time, the EU sanctions impulse “by now has largely been emasculated.” The diplomat noted that the European economy “cannot do without Russian gas yet”, no matter how much they “want it”.

“Therefore, it did not come as a surprise to me that they could not agree on a price ceiling for Russian gas,” Chizhov added.

According to his assessment, the EU “was in for a harsh winter”, although this season they “may be able to winter” with storage facilities more than 80% full.

“If they use up all the reserves of all resources, they should be enough, but no one knows what will happen in a year,” the diplomat concluded, pointing out that in France, where most of the electricity is produced by nuclear power plants, half of the reactors are closed.

“But France will not want to “feed” the whole of Europe, even if everything works for her,” the Russian permanent representative summed up.

Earlier it was reported that the European Commission (EC) has developed plans to collect excess revenue from power plants that do not run on gas. The restrictions should include solar, geothermal, nuclear and some hydroelectric power plants.

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