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Biden’s ‘Biggest Fear’ for Ukraine War Is Now Reality

Vladimir Putin’s Russia has further tightened the flow of gas being fed to the European Union as the cold northern European winter looms mere months away.

The flow through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany has been cut to just 20 percent of normal as of Tuesday.

The White House is reportedly attempting to work with European allies to prevent them from easing the economic pressure on Moscow as panic over a potentially catastrophic energy shortage is beginning to set in, according to an unnamed Biden administration source cited by CNN. The outlet quoted the official who said that such an aggressive cutoff of gas from Russia “was our biggest fear” and a move that has placed the western world into “unchartered territory.”

However, it is worth noting that the cutoff itself was allegedly presaged by a letter from the Russian State gas monopoly Gazprom as early as July 18 that pointed to force majeur causing them to reduce delivery to the NATO nations yet again.

According to The New York Post, “Gazprom deputy CEO Vitaly Markelov said the company has still not received a Siemens turbine used at Nord Stream 1’s Portovaya compressor station that has been undergoing servicing in Canada.

“Markelov said there were sanctions risks associated with the machinery, while Siemens Energy said Gazprom needed to provide customs documents to bring the turbine back to Russia.”

Reuters reported that the turbine had been shipped from Canada to Germany as of July 17 when the repair work was completed. The Nord Stream 1 pipeline is in the midst of annual maintenance, which had previously caused the flow of gas to cease entirely.

Reuters wrote, “Gazprom said supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany would drop to just 20 percent of capacity.

“Gazprom said flows would fall to 33 million cubic metres per day from 04:00 GMT on Wednesday — a halving of the current, already reduced level — because it needed to halt the operation of a Siemens gas turbine at a compressor station on instructions from an industry watchdog.”

Moscow, naturally, has pegged the blame for the Gazprom service reductions on the sanctions that are currently levied against Russia following their illegal invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Conversely, the Post reported that EU leadership in Brussels have made the assertion that Putin and his regime are leveraging Gazprom to blackmail the European countries and retaliate against them for the financial and material support they’ve provided to the Ukrainians.

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said, “There is no technical reason to do so. This is a politically motivated step, and we have to be ready for that,” Reuters reported.

The EU has since adopted emergency measures to cut back fuel usage. “And exactly for that reason, the pre-emptive reduction of our gas demand is a wise strategy,” she concluded.

The energy ministers from all but one of the 27 Member States supported a voluntary 15 percent reduction in their consumption over the winter that could become mandatory if Gazprom shuts down service entirely, according to The Guardian. Hungary, which is more dependent on Russia for oil, as well as gas, refused.

“This is an unjustifiable, useless, unenforceable and harmful proposal,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the AFP.

A cryptic warning from Russian President Vladimir Putin in mid-July that the “[s]anctions restrictions on Russia cause much more damage to those countries that impose them” could now read less as a warning and more as a threat.

Putin continued, “Further use of sanctions may lead to even more severe — without exaggeration, even catastrophic — consequences on the global energy market.”

“We know that the Europeans are trying to replace Russian energy resources,” Putin said.

“However, we expect the result of such actions to be an increase in gas prices on the spot market and an increase in the cost of energy resources for end consumers.”

10 Comments
  • Chris says:

    Simple solution Joey,…finish the pipeline and drill. Pretty damn easy!!!

  • Phil Barberg says:

    This is all part of Biden’s plan to cripple the US energy system. Before Biden the US had plenty of supply to send to Europe. The longer Biden is president the worse the US and world situation gets!!

  • FJB says:

    Bar Room 101: you don’t fight with the Bartender ! They want to wage war with the country that is supplying them with fuel and still expect that fuel to keep flowing? IDIOTS ! There are some good things that should happen from this. If they get cold enough this winter they will start drilling their own wells and reopen their mines. It will also temper this green insanity.

    • Alamance1771 says:

      Agree! I don’t feel a bit sorry for the EU countries. Just a bunch of fairies “tiptoeing through the tulips.” They don’t have a grain of common sense. Green energy, even if it eventually has potential, is way in the future. Fossil fuel is NOT causing climate change. The earth for more than 4 billion years has undergone natural “climate changes.” The very small natural rise in earth’s temperature will be beneficial to earth’s population. We ought to be thankful that earth’s climate isn’t tilting toward another ice age at this point in earth’s climate history! Such a bunch of idiots….the “greenies!”

  • DDearborn says:

    Hmmm

    “Putin” and “Russia” DIDN’T TIGHTEN ANY OIL OR GAS SUPPLIES TO THE EU!

    THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE SO CALLED “LEADERS” OF THE EU UNILATERALLY CUT THEMSELVES OFF FROM WHAT WAS IN REALITY A CHEAP AND SECURE ENERGY SOURCE! (actually it has been cut off from the citizenry, they don’t actually intend to allow themselves or their families to suffer from the artificial shortages they created on purpose…)

    On the other hand, israel is thrilled with the way things are turning out. FINALLY, israel has gotten the EU to start buying its stolen gas from the State of Palestine and stolen oil from the Syrian Golan Heights! And as if by magic Putin has been turned overnight, by the media of course, into the evil bogeyman in Syria as well. You don’t suppose that israel and its army of treasonous government officials and totally captive media in every country in the EU planned all this…..

    For those who still are having trouble understanding how the Ukraine became the center of attention: It turns out that roughly 70% of all the farm land in the Ukraine is ACTUALLY OWNED BY FOREIGN MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. THE 3 LARGEST LAND OWNERS ARE BLACKSTONE, MONSANTO AND VANGUARD, WHO CONROL OVER HALF OF THE FARMLAND AND ALL OF WHOM ULTIMATELY ANSWER TO THE ZIO-FASCISTS.

    THE REALITY IS THAT ONCE AGAIN THE WORLD IS FIGHTING FOR THE RABID, RACIST, JEWISH SUPREMACIST AND JEWISH ONLY ZIONIST EMPIRE AND THEIR CORPORATE PROFITS…WAKE UP WORLD YOU BEING HAD AGAIN!!!!

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