Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine continues to isolate itself from the rest of the world
Today Russian President Putin made good on his threat to cut off the natural gas supplies from countries aiding Ukraine. State-controlled Gazprom supplies roughly 45 percent of Poland’s natural gas and approximately 70 percent to Bulgaria.
As Russia intensifies its war on Ukraine, the further it isolates itself from the rest of the world. The move to cut off neighbouring countries is labelled a form of blackmail by the EU president.
“We are prepared for this scenario. We are mapping out our coordinated EU response. Europeans can trust that we stand united and in solidarity with the Member States impacted.”, Said the EU President, Ursula von der Leyen
Gazprom’s decision to stop the gas from flowing will not have a significant impact seeing both countries sits on large reserves. Furthermore, cutting the gas off at the start of Spring as the region begins to warm does not affect these countries as it would in the winter months.
The UE has pledged to ween itself from Russian oil and gas over the next few years, and Putin’s decision to shut the gas off to Poland and Bulgaria has just expedited the process.