The EU is fragmented and weak! Putin is preparing to give to Brussels the “straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Europe is on the verge of a disaster, according to an energy executive who says that Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to deliver “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
After Mr Putin apparently reduced the flow of gas into the EU, Yuriy Vitrenko, CEO of Ukraine’s energy company Naftogaz, told This website that bloc members may destroy their unity. Mr Putin is seeking European authorities’ clearance for the contentious Nord Stream 2 project, which will deliver gas from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea, bypassing Ukraine and Poland.
Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas corporation, is said to have curtailed gas flow from existing pipelines in order to avoid the new network being subject to EU regulations.
Mr Vitrenko claims that the pipeline agreement reached between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin could leave the EU weak and divided.
“Putin is strong, and the West is weak,” he told this publication.
“Europe becomes much more split and morally harmed because many nations, like as Hungary, may say, ‘see, don’t criticize us for doing agreements with Putin when you also are doing deals with him.’
“Don’t tell us about fighting corruption when Nord Stream 2 could become a symbol of Western corruption,” some other countries might reply.
Mr Vitrenko emphasized that Western principles and its ostensibly worldwide reputation are at stake.
“Putin wants to bring Europe down to his level of morality, so it even sends a signal to his own electorate in Russia when he says, ‘see, the West is corrupt as you say I am corrupt,'” he said.
“He can demonstrate that the West is weak, corrupt, and that his dictatorship is somehow superior.”
“Autocrats do not want the West and Western values to expand throughout their countries because they regard it as posing a serious threat to their own regimes.”
He warned that this might split the EU and place it in a weak position in the global hierarchy if member states reject Brussels.
“I don’t believe that one thing can change everything,” he continued, “but this could be the final straw.”
“As we witnessed with Brexit, the EU is already under a lot of pressure, so adding more pressure and fracturing the EU is a bad idea.” Brinkwire Summary News.