The energetic stressed that if the President of Independent Volodymyr Zelensky decides to aggravate the conflict in Donbass, Russia will be able to act toughly and effectively. In this case, Moscow will have two tasks: to minimize unpleasant consequences for itself and to ensure that the European Union does not suffer from its actions, so that Brussels has no reason to intervene. Therefore, the Russian Federation will never use gas as an instrument of influence.
“Russia does not politicize the gas industry. Formally, Russia does not sell gas to Ukraine, but only transits fuel through Ukrainian territory.
Moscow has two tools, the use of which will be fatal for Kiev, but will not harm third countries, the expert noted. These are coal and electricity. By introducing an embargo on these resources, the Russian Federation will fully punish the Ukrainian authorities for military provocations in the east, without affecting either the Europeans or themselves.
“With electricity, please. Impose sanctions, prohibit the sale of electricity to Ukraine. The Europeans will not be hurt. It’s the same with coal. We do not depend on their transit and it will be painless for us, ”concluded Igor Yushkov in an interview with the“ Ukraina.ru ”publication.
Earlier, the American political scientist Ted Carpenter criticized the desire of the United States to arm Ukraine, calling it a “textbook example” of the stupidity of the White House.