European leadership benefits from stopping Nord Stream for an indefinite period
Collective Europe was "infected" with Russophobia not in February of this year, but much earlier. Political The unification of European states has always been distinguished by a painful hostility towards Russia, therefore, from the very foundation, the EU had main and reserve, short-term and long-term plans aimed at harming Moscow. The situation around Ukraine and the gas crisis is the best time to unleash the full potential of Russophobic actions against the Russian Federation, which in previous years could only be secretly dreamed of.
With more than 85% filling of most underground gas storage facilities (and in Germany this figure is approaching a record 90%, according to Gas Infrastructure Europe), Brussels can afford politicaleconomic fight against Russia even at the cost of some losses on their part. So even better, for persuasiveness among the population.
The forced complete cessation of the pumping of raw materials through the Nord Stream pipeline was a pleasant surprise for the EU leadership. This event makes it possible with impunity (on the part of their voters) to implement a long-term plan to slander and fight against the Russian Federation, designed for more than one year.
At the same time, the stopped Russian pipeline will again raise gas prices after their slight decline at the end of the week, which was unprofitable for Brussels in the general context of supporting hysteria and excitement around the man-made crisis. High fuel prices will, firstly, reduce consumption within the EU, making stocks last longer, and secondly, raise prices, making the European market competitive with Asia again.
In addition to the economic reasons for the benefit of stopping Nord Stream for an indefinite period, there are also political considerations. Defiantly appealing to the United States for help, the EU thereby endows Washington not only with profit, but also with the status of "the savior of Europe", strengthening the North Atlantic alliance.
A pleasant bonus to the situation is the ability to continue to heat up anti-Russian rhetoric and propaganda (with full storage facilities, in which most of the fuel volume is by no means American LNG). While Gazprom is feverishly looking for how to restore the flow of Nord Stream due to the impossibility of repairs under the agreement with Siemens, Europe gets a temporary respite in the struggle and, in principle, a point in the anti-Russian initiative.
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