LATVIA has become the latest casualty of Vladimir Putin’s war on energy after indefinitely cutting back on its gas supplies.
The country is following in the footsteps of other European nations that have taken the axe, while Russia continues to arm the West’s energy supply.
This week, cities in Germany were plunged into darkness after Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom cut supplies by 20 percent.
Hanover’s Lord Mayor Belit Onay said he had to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent because of the “looming gas shortage”.
The move, which could soon be implemented in regions across the country, has already caused residents to take cold showers as they feel the chill from Putin’s meddling.
German breweries have also been urged to halt beer production amid fears that Oktoberfest will be cancelled.
Spanish residents, meanwhile, have even been told to remove unnecessary clothing – like ties – at work to cool off in the face of dwindling supplies.
He encouraged all officials to ditch neckwear ahead of Monday’s announcement of more energy-saving measures.
Fears of an impending energy crisis this winter have also led to Belgium unveiling plans to reverse its nuclear phase-out, while the Netherlands and Austria are switching to coal-fired power plants.
Many are reacting to Putin’s energy policies aimed at getting revenge on European leaders for apparently opposing him over the war in Ukraine.
Experts say the tyrant believes the policy could act as leverage in negotiations given Europe’s huge dependence on Russian gas and energy.
Today, state-owned gas giant Gazprom announced as the latest of those measures that Latvia would cut supplies after the country refused to pay for supplies in rubles.
Several countries have taken this stance in the face of crippling EU sanctions against Moscow.
In a statement, the company said it was halting gas supplies to neighboring Latvia for violating “gas extraction conditions”.
The Edijs Saicans, Deputy State Secretary for Energy Policy at the Latvian Economy Ministry, said they had already decided to ban Russian gas imports from January 1, 2023, defiantly adding that they were not affected.
“We do not see any major impact from such a move,” he said after the announcement.
Gazprom has already halted gas supplies to Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland and Bulgaria because the countries would not pay in their local currency as required by the supplier.
EU countries reportedly agreed on Tuesday on a state of emergency to curb their gas consumption this winter as Putin cuts supplies further.
The European Commission had previously warned that compliance with Putin’s order could breach EU sanctions against Moscow.
She has urged companies to continue paying in the currency agreed in their contracts with Gazprom, despite the ongoing restrictions.
The news comes as the war in Ukraine deepens with fresh reports that Putin’s men may be on the ropes after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s brave troops wiped out two Russian ammunition depots.
The Strategic Communications Directorate of the Ukrainian Army confirmed that Ukraine hit two Russian-owned ammunition depots in Ilovaisk (Donetsk region) and Brylivka in the early hours of Friday morning.
Footage shared on social media shows huge erupting flames and thick plumes of dark smoke filling the Ukrainian night sky.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5895449/putin-chokes-gas-supply-latvia-winter-energy-crisis/ Putin cuts gas supplies to Latvia as Europe faces winter energy crisis