Russia wage winter war against Europe

Oviri Kelvin, Abuja

Russia has shut down its gas supply to Europe with immediate effect over what it described as a “malfunction” of its turbines which needs urgent maintenance.

According to the state-owned energy giant Gazprom, who had earlier promised that the Gas supply to the respective Europe countries, including Germany and Italy, will commence soon, postponed it indefinitely.

Recall that Russia had cited that the dropped in the percentage of gas supply across the European continent is a result of the faulty machines that need urgent attention but the sanction meted on the country exacerbated the situation.

However, Germany, though is trying to wean itself off the Russian gas supply, refuted the claims by Russia saying the machines and gas systems were intact.

Gas supply to Germany, unlike the United Kingdom which has leveraged on other alternatives to almost become independent of Russian gas supply, through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline still needs a substantial amount of gas, especially in the winter period.

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Reports accuse Russia of trying to start a winter war against Europe following the resolution by the G7 and European Union to put a price cap on Russian gas in a bid to starve Kremlin of finance to process the war against Ukraine adding that the resolve came hours after the meeting was held.

Preceding the recent action by Russia, European governments have envisaged an instance like this would happen where Vladimir Putin will decide to fight back against the continent’s dependency on its gas.

Irrefutably, the Russia and Ukraine war has caused substantial damage to the continent where the first-ever skyrocketed inflation rate tremendously inflicted a high cost of living on Europeans.

Expectedly, it was envisaged that the European Union would have put the necessary things in place to tackle the unavoidable occurrence of the cold during the winter period.

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