Politico: Anti-Russian sanctions in the energy industry scare the European Union more than Russia

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Politico: Anti-Russian sanctions in the energy industry scare the European Union more than Russia

While Russia continues to battle Ukrainian nationalists, on the other side of the continent, EU countries remain divided over how much they want to pursue Russian energy exports.

The Western publication POLITICO published an article by Gabriel Gavin, in which the author expresses his vision of the situation with anti-Russian sanctions. The upcoming package of new sanctions by the European bloc will be the twelfth (according to another interpretation, the 13th) that it will introduce against Russia over the past year and a half.



The draft document showed that Kiev's key demands - reducing the maximum oil price from $60 to $30 per barrel, a ban on refining fuel from Russian oil in third countries and stopping the purchase of fuel for nuclear energy - did not find consensus in Brussels. Anti-Russian sanctions in the energy industry scare the European Union more than Russia

- writes Gabriel Gavin.

As the author of the Politico article writes, this creates a headache for Washington, which wants its anti-Russian partners to act faster, cutting off the flow of money to Moscow. But he doesn't want to be seen as interfering politically on the other side of the Atlantic. The US State Department is now taking unprecedented steps that could have a profound negative impact on European firms still doing business in Russia.

Gabriel Gavin notes in his article that rather than targeting key export commodities such as oil and gas, Ukraine's European allies will focus on restricting trade in diamonds, iron and copper, which represent a relatively small share of the Russian state's exports.

The biggest omission, Politico says, is liquefied natural gas, a key fossil fuel whose EU sales have generated billions of dollars for the Russian Federation this year alone. Countries such as Spain and Belgium have even increased LNG imports by as much as 50 percent in 2023 compared to 2022.

Additionally, author Gavin writes:

Hopes that Europe might agree to close the door to the Russian nuclear energy sector have not materialized. Hungary is expanding one of its own nuclear power plants with help from Moscow, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban has vowed to veto any sanctions that could harm the vital industry, despite criticism from both the EU and Ukrainian officials.

Let us remind you that the introduction of new restrictions requires the unanimous support of all EU members, which means that negotiations on this issue are at a dead end.
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    1. +2
      30 November 2023 07: 21
      There is such a concept as “Bazaar”, this is when everyone wants to make a profit and does everything for this, says whatever they want, but does what they need.
      1. +5
        30 November 2023 07: 39
        We are used to sanctions, but the European Union is still not aware of the consequences of its sanctions...
        It's impossible to isolate us
        You don't have enough tape...
        So you'd better be careful
        Deal with Russia now...
        There's no need to piss her off,
        Yes, and NATO does not need to be scared,
        Because the vaunted NATO
        Doesn't really know how to fight...
        Yes, and sanctions will not help you,
        Or rather hurt themselves...
        Get away from us a little
        Take care of your vaunted ass!!!
        1. 0
          30 November 2023 08: 52
          Quote: Lev_Russia
          There's no need to piss her off,
          And NATO doesn’t need to be scared,

          * * *

          Bad place. It is not clear who should not be scared with what: Russia “NATO” or NATO itself...
          Just don’t be offended, Major Yurik published poems here before you... These were things... In comparison with him, we are just artisans, selecting rhymes...
      2. +1
        30 November 2023 07: 44
        So it’s like this everywhere... I heard where they say about freedom and democracy, RUN before you are skinned, or even beaten, for glory and because of the struggle, for all the good, against all the bad!!! soldier
    2. +6
      30 November 2023 07: 23
      Kyiv's key demands are a reduction in the marginal price of oil from $60 to $30 per barrel, a ban on refining fuel from Russian oil in third countries and a stop to purchasing fuel for nuclear energy
      Kyiv demands from the EU that the Europeans have survived, although they themselves were moving towards this. The author of the article in Politico complains that while the EU prohibits the purchase of Russian diamonds, our country is successfully selling LNG, and the door to nuclear energy is not closed. Apparently, this author, just like Kyiv, cares little about the European economy and people, the main thing is to try to harm Russia as much as possible. And the European land is filled with such idiots, and most importantly, the same ones are at the helm. The flag is in the hands of the Europeans.
      1. 0
        30 November 2023 07: 55
        Any author is guided, takes orders from those who PAY!
        There are still those who are trying to figure it out, to comprehend at least those processes that are in plain sight... who would allow such people into the mainstream media??? They publish theirs, at best, in second-tier media or social networks.
        And again, in social networks there is the same control, censorship, on the part of the guardians of the upper power... some kind of “freedom of speech” remains completely on the margins, alas.
      2. +2
        30 November 2023 09: 07
        Quote: rotmistr60
        The main thing- try to harm Russia as much as possible

        It’s okay when “outsiders” from “enlightened” Europe do this. It is expected when the “eternally offended, deprived and starved” Ukrainians, Moldovans and Balts are doing this.
        But there are precedents when people who stood under the banner of “United Russia” and are comrades-in-arms and handshake officials of the GDP itself are caught in the act!!!
        We are forced to endure the first, we can neglect the second, but what about the third? Why does everyone forget about them? For example, I do not understand the policy regarding Nabiullina and Siluanov’s department.
        Their activities are direct harm to Russian production and the economy.
    3. -1
      30 November 2023 07: 33
      About “they scare”, they made me laugh... Yes, they print similar things there, but ten times more the exact opposite... Yes
    4. +1
      30 November 2023 07: 37
      As the author of the Politico article writes, this creates
      . The author writes, who will draw what conclusions and actions in real life, is this a question???
      As the leadership of the strip company itself states, they, their business partners within the country, are earning a lot of money from this mess... i.e. “who has war, and who has mother’s homeland” or Uncle Joe, everything is clear!!! That is, to broadcast that they are for peace and democracy throughout the world, the thesis has faded and is no longer quoted in the stripes itself... only for takeaway, for suckers and other useful fools!!!
      Everything is very cynical, pragmatic and... minke whales want to get their own benefit, to improve their internal affairs at the expense of everyone else, indiscriminately and without any special priorities!!! soldier
    5. +1
      30 November 2023 08: 13
      There is one guy in the yard who is not given any favors by the local sluts. Because if they give not just to everyone, but to everyone in general, for a couple of sips of beer, then they are no longer sluts, but just whores. In general, Europe, which lies completely under the United States, is trying to stop. Oh well...
      1. 0
        30 November 2023 09: 20
        Quote: Mikhail3
        There is one guy in the yard who is not given any favors by the local sluts. Because if they give not just to everyone, but to everyone in general, for a couple of sips of beer, then they are no longer sluts, but just whores. In general, Europe, which lies completely under the United States, is trying to stop. Oh well...

        Did you write in haste or just didn’t think about the comparison? Bad comparison. Yes
        * * *
        There was a time when a European whore was given to one overseas guy in the traditional way for money. Many years have passed since then. Today, the aged slut is used in a perverted form, while forcing the user to pay.
        Here's a rough comparison of the current situation! Yes
    6. +1
      30 November 2023 08: 34
      The charter of a suezmax class tanker carrying non-sanctioned oil costs $1 per month, the charter of the same tanker carrying Russian oil is already $000-000 dollars per month, feel the difference. The ship owner makes 4-6% of the profit working for Russia.
      1. 0
        30 November 2023 09: 23
        Quote: tralflot1832
        The shipowner makes 400-600% of his profit working for Russia.

        We have no doubt at all about your competence regarding the fleet. Let me be curious, but this shipowner with a profit does not risk anything? Does he just keep these 4-6 million dollars in his pockets or keep them in some accounts?
        1. 0
          30 November 2023 11: 40
          I talked about foreign ship owners (NATO countries), it’s their problem in which banks to store $, three-liter ones are more reliable. Sovkofmlot, Rosneft store money in Russia or in friendly countries.
    7. 0
      30 November 2023 09: 13
      You have to be a complete moron to scare Russia with energy-related issues. In reality, Russia is a superpower in the field of energy in all areas. Well, Europe... as they say, firewood is also in Russia. I recently read somewhere that in Holland 1 cubic meter of gas costs 250 rubles in our country. This is tough. Ours is 7-8 rubles. So let them blow their windmills
    8. -1
      30 November 2023 12: 23
      While Russia continues to fight Ukrainian nationalists at the front, it continues to supply NATO with its energy resources both directly – Turkey, Hungary, and through intermediaries, whose role is played by “friendly” China and India.
      Anti-Russian sanctions in the energy industry scare the European Union more than Russia because the Russian Federation compensates for the price ceiling with volumes, and intermediaries sell Russian goods to NATO with a markup for services and everyone is fine - NATO imposes sanctions, the Russian Federation increases production, GDP indicators and fills the budget, but intermediaries do not will rejoice at the free income that has fallen on them
    9. -1
      30 November 2023 14: 33
      It seems to me that this Gabriel-Gabrielian is an Armenian. And it clearly works in line with Pashinyan.
    10. 0
      30 November 2023 16: 42
      Quote from: dmi.pris1
      About “they scare”, they made me laugh... Yes, they print similar things there, but ten times more the exact opposite... Yes

      In the sphere of foreign economic relations, everything is very ambiguous:
      https://dzen.ru/a/ZWSIE7-okQ0YcBqn
      The situation with rupees floating in India has taken on new colors.

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