April 15, 2022 – 3:36 p.m. look
Today, 50 days after the start of the war in Ukraine, Russia issued dire warnings to the West. Due to the sanctions, the head of the Kremlin, Putin, wants to deliver much less energy to Europe in the future. His predecessor, Dmitry Medvedev, threatened to station nuclear weapons in the Baltic region if Finland and Sweden joined NATO.
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Putin: “The consequences of such a step could be painful”
Moscow is sharpening its tone towards the West – and significantly! Kremlin leader Putin today addressed directly European states discussing an embargo on Russian energy supplies. “The consequences of such a step can be very painful – especially for the initiators of such a policy,” Putin told Russian state television. His country will now create all the conditions to sell its gas and oil to Asia and Africa in the future.
“It is amazing that the so-called partners of hostile countries themselves admit that they cannot do without Russian energy resources,” Putin added. Europe is driving up prices and destabilizing the market by talking about cutting off Russia’s energy supply. Russia, which until now accounted for around 10% of global oil production, has already suffered notable losses in this area as a result of Western sanctions. Proceeds from oil exports are one of the most important sources of government revenue in Moscow.
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Putin’s closest confidant finds clear words
Putin’s close confidant and predecessor, Medvedev, had previously addressed clear words to the West. Sweden and Finland are currently considering joining NATO precisely because they too fear possible Russian aggression.
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“In this case, there can no longer be talk of a nuclear-weapon-free status for the Baltic states,” Medvedev wrote on Telegram. Specifically, he threatened to station “Iskander” missiles, hypersonic weapons and nuclear-armed warships in the Baltic Sea region if Sweden and Finland were to be admitted to NATO.
UN warns of consequences of war
The UN fears that the war in Ukraine will trigger a host of food, energy and financial crises around the world. “The effects of war are global and systemic,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in New York. Up to 1.7 billion people worldwide are extremely exposed to this “perfect storm”. (agr/dpa/REUTERS)
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