Belarus threatens to cut off EU gas supply due to border dispute

Read Time:4 Minute, 3 Second


Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Kremlin on September 9, 2021.

Mikhail Voskresensky | Kremlin Sputnik | Via Reuters

If the European Union imposes sanctions on the immigration crisis on its western border, Belarus threatens to cut off its gas supply to Europe.

The European Union accused Russia-backed President Alexander Lukashenko of weaponizing thousands of people currently gathering in frozen camps on the Polish border in order to undermine EU security and disperse domestic political pressure. Belarus denies this accusation.

According to reports, as the European Union prepares for a new round of sanctions, Lukashenko said at an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday that the country may cut off Russia’s Yamal-Europe pipeline, which puts further pressure on European leaders. , Because the European continent is still affected by international sanctions. energy crisis.

According to reports, strongman leaders who have been in power since 1994 told cabinet ministers: “We heat Europe and they still threaten us to close the border.”

“If we cut off [the transit of] Natural gas for them? Therefore, I suggest that the leadership of Poland, Lithuania, and other brainless people think twice before speaking. “

After Lukashenko’s comments, natural gas prices soared by nearly 7% on Thursday.

Most immigrants are from Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Belarusian national airline Belarusian Airlines said on Friday that it will stop allowing citizens of these three countries to board flights from Turkey to Belarus at the request of the Turkish authorities.

There are reports that Belavia may meet EU sanctions, while others question whether they can expand their scope to combat Russian Aeroflot or Turkish Airlines.

In a joint statement, the EU member states of the United Nations Security Council, as well as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Albania condemned “Belarus’s instrumentalization of human beings who put life and well-being at risk for political purposes, with the aim of destabilizing neighboring countries. And the EU’s external borders, and divert attention from its own growing human rights violations.”

Edge policy or a real upgrade?

Experts are divided on whether Minsk’s provocative tone will translate into drastic policy actions, which largely depends on the strategic focus of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lukashenko’s long-time ally.

Timothy Ash, senior emerging market sovereign strategist at Bluebay Asset Management, said the situation “looks like it will escalate further.”

“Putin will be very happy to see the interruption of energy transportation through Belarus because he can blame Lukashenko and put further pressure on Europe,” Ash said in an email on Thursday.

“This will also give him an excuse to formally intervene in Belarus itself-Russian aircraft now seem to be patrolling to ensure the security of the border between Belarus and NATO.”

Belarus, November 12th-Thousands of illegal immigrants are facing a desperate situation. They continue to wait at the border between Poland and Belarus, hoping to cross EU territory.

Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Ashe added that the current direction of travel “feels a bit like the slow motion action of the actual conflict in Europe.”

The Ministry of Defense of Belarus stated that two Russian strategic bombers were also performing training missions over Belarus on Thursday.

“Let them scream and squeak. Yes, those are bombers with nuclear capabilities, but we have no choice,” Lukashenko reportedly said on Thursday.

He pointed out that the Belarusian Ministry of Defense and Border Forces, as well as national security agencies, have deployed “to ensure control of NATO and Polish forces.”

According to a report from the Belarusian government, the president said: “You can already see 15,000 soldiers, tanks, armored vehicles, helicopters and planes being brought to our border without any warning.”

However, Emre Pekel, head of the European team of the political consulting firm Eurasia Group, said that due to income restrictions and possible opposition from Russia, Lukashenko is “very unlikely” to implement the threat of disrupting the flow of natural gas to Europe.

“Russia relies on transportation through Belarus to meet European contracts. The closure of the pipeline will damage Gazprom’s long-term market position and exacerbate Russia’s concerns about the stability of natural gas supply,” Peck said.

“Stopping the flow of natural gas will also cost Lukashenko about 300 million U.S. dollars in transit income each year, which Belarus cannot afford.”

Peker pointed out that this figure is equivalent to the economic blow that the EU imposed on Belarusian oil and potash exports in June, and “will greatly exceed the possible impact of the EU’s new sanctions.”

He also said that diplomatic, commercial and legal challenges will prevent the European Union from imposing sanctions on Aeroflot and Turkish Airlines, but Brussels may strike Belarus and impose quick penalties on Belarus.


If you want to know more about business please go to https://updatednews24.com/category/business/

Happy
Happy
0 %
Sad
Sad
0 %
Excited
Excited
0 %
Sleepy
Sleepy
0 %
Angry
Angry
0 %
Surprise
Surprise
0 %
We use cookies to personalise content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyse our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. View more
Cookies settings
Accept
Decline
Privacy & Cookie policy
Privacy & Cookies policy
Cookie name Active

Who we are

Suggested text: Our website address is: https://updatednews24.com.

Comments

Suggested text: When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

Suggested text: If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

Suggested text: If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year. If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser. When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed. If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Suggested text: Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Suggested text: If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

Suggested text: If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

Suggested text: If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Suggested text: Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Save settings
Cookies settings