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China spoke about the split of Europe due to sanctions against Russia

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Statements to reduce dependence on Russian energy and an agreement to voluntarily cut demand for natural gas by 15% this winter have split the European Union (EU). Already today, Europe faces a difficult dilemma, says Xia Wenxin, a columnist for the Chinese edition of the Global Times.

According to him, the reduction of gas will significantly affect the European economy and society. As for the statements of European politicians about solidarity in the face of the energy crisis, he called nothing more than “empty chatter.”

“There are 27 countries in the EU, and they do not represent a monolithic bloc. Some of the members are heavily dependent on Russian gas and each will act in accordance with their own needs and interests,” notes the author of the article, which was published on the publication’s website on July 27.

He stressed that the negative effect of the sanctions would further divide and weaken Europe.

The journalist did not rule out that the shortage of gas and the prospect of a cold winter would ultimately force Brussels to make concessions to Moscow. Washington, in his opinion, on the contrary, hopes for the weakening of Europe due to the sanctions war with Russia.

On July 26, the EU agreed to cut natural gas demand by 15% this winter. This measure will be in effect from August 1 until the end of March next year. However, there are exceptions and limitations to this provision. In particular, exceptions are possible for countries that depend heavily on gas “as a raw material for critical industries, or if their energy consumption increased by at least 8% last year compared to the average.”

Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) invited EU countries to set a goal to reduce gas demand. In addition, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called on the European Union to prepare for the cessation of gas supplies from Russia.

However, France did not support the proposal to voluntarily reduce gas consumption. Greece has said it intends to withdraw from the plan.

Western countries decided to reduce their dependence on Russian energy resources against the backdrop of a special operation by the Russian Federation to protect Donbass, the beginning of which President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. However, all this has already turned into economic problems in Europe, causing a sharp rise in fuel and food prices.

Back in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the refusal of a number of Western countries from normal cooperation with Moscow and from part of Russian energy resources had already hit the states, where, as a result, rising prices and record inflation were observed.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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