Europeans risk being left without electricity due to new sanctions against Russia

The leadership of the European Union has exhausted the entire possible list of safe or relatively safe for themselves anti-Russian sanctions. The remaining meager set of means of sanctions limitation and influence threatens Europe itself with great consequences, harming those accepting sanctions more than Russia. We are talking about the energy sector - both hydrocarbon and nuclear.

For the time being, the EU decided not to touch on the topic of full-scale restrictions on oil and gas from the Russian Federation (if only because the EC cannot achieve full consolidation on the issue), but the Europeans still intend to introduce bans on nuclear fuel from the Russian Federation, implying that this is the least painful and currently available measure. However, Jezhi Stastny, a columnist for the Czech newspaper Seznam zpravy, testifies to the degree of its alleged painlessness for the united EU electricity market, arguing that an embargo on the import of nuclear fuel will lead to disaster.

But the EU is stubborn in its aspirations and, in choosing between a large-scale and “ordinary” catastrophe, preferred the second option. Therefore, due to Brussels' confidence in the desire to terminate long-term contracts for the supply of nuclear fuel from Russia, Shtyastny warns that more than a hundred million Europeans will be left without electricity. We are talking about Western countries that rely on this type of energy as a vital one and operate nuclear reactors created according to the Soviet-Russian model. A different type of fuel simply cannot be used in these types of reactors.

Simply put, it will not be possible to rebuild nuclear installations, replace fuel and start buying it from France or Australia even after many years. Therefore, the EU is waiting for disappointment in this area, similar to the one it experiences when trying to get away from hydrocarbons from Russia.

Shtastny himself writes that when an embargo is imposed on nuclear fuel operating in Russian reactors, which produce about 40% of all electricity in the EU, countries “from Finland to Bulgaria” will suffer. This refers to the former socialist bloc of states.

As a result, the forecast of the Czech observer seems to be even more optimistic. Realistic sounds much more intimidating. With the loss of such large capacities from the common EU energy system, the entire system runs the risk of shutting down due to overload, becoming unstable, even redirection and compensation by alternative sources will not help. Then all Europeans, as well as most of the industry of the continent, may be left without electricity.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 12 2022 08: 56
    Beautiful photo.
    And without electricity .... "We must rejoice" GDP.
  2. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) April 12 2022 09: 31
    This phrase makes me think

    in desire terminate long-term contracts for the supply of nuclear fuel

    That is, long-term contracts can be terminated. Unilaterally. Why Russia continues to fulfill these very long-term contracts for oil, gas and other positions is completely incomprehensible to me. Moreover, there is a good enough reason for terminating these contracts. Blocking of Russian foreign currency accounts in the West and the inability to pay for these same deliveries.
    For example, the issue of banning the export of coal from Russia is currently being worked out in the EU. At the request of France, this measure has been postponed until August. Cause? The EU must prepare for this action in order to minimize ITS losses. AND MAXIMIZE Russia's losses. Why is it not possible to impose a ban on coal imports to the EU right now? Moreover, there are no long-term contracts here, no gas pipelines, and China is ready to buy any amount of coal by rail. Even with a discount, but the EU should be punished right now, and not wait for August.
    1. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
      Kofesan (Valery) April 13 2022 04: 01
      Nuclear fuel is not just electricity. It is also a weapon, the presence of which will obviously be useful to Russia in 2-3 years. In Germany, brochures have already begun to be distributed that Russians are not people ...

      And the "elites" of Russia both slept and slept, and continue to suck their paw, and now they also have dreams about the return of "confiscated" yachts and houses. Wake up, if you are being undressed like Jews in 1939, then what will become of us...?

      At first, Europeans robbed Jews, but then they began to kill ... What has changed? Awww....?

      Jewish women and a girl before being shot in Liepaja (Latvia) December 15-17, 1941
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) April 13 2022 07: 31
        About the photo.
        The Baltic countries are perhaps the only place in Europe where the "Jewish question" was resolved quickly and definitively. Already by the beginning of 1942, the Germans reported that the territory was free from Jews.
        But the same Germans noted that collaborators played the main role. That is, those who are now "heroes" in their countries.
        So the position of Europe has not changed at all. As they were Nazis, they remained.