Russia's gas outage makes Europe feel the cold ahead of schedule

Sep 05, 2022

Stern warning to Europe

"No deadline: Gazprom has completely stopped the delivery of natural gas to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline." Today's Russian TV reported on this topic on September 3 that Gazprom issued a statement on September 2 saying that it was in the process of responding to the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline. Damage was found during inspection of the last operating turbine at the Portovaya compressor station of the natural gas pipeline. The statement said that Gazprom discovered oil leaks from turbine 24 during a joint inspection of the pipeline with representatives of Siemens Energy. Similar damage occurred to several other turbines earlier. The company has received warnings from the Russian Federal Agency for Environment, Technology and Nuclear Regulation that these failures and damages are no longer enough to ensure the safe operation of the pipeline. Therefore, the company decided to stop the operation and gas supply of the pipeline completely until the problem of equipment failure is eliminated. Gazprom also said that Western sanctions against Russia made it impossible to repair equipment.

The hottest summer on record is not over yet, but Europeans are beginning to feel an unprecedented chill ahead of time. After a three-day overhaul, Gazprom announced on the 2nd that due to multiple equipment failures, the gas supply of the "North Stream-1" natural gas pipeline to Europe will be "completely stopped". Just earlier in the day, the Group of Seven (G7) and the European Union successively stated that they decided to set price ceilings on Russia's oil, natural gas and other energy products. Regarding Russia's tit-for-tat, although some Western politicians and media still claim that they must uphold their own values, they are inexplicably surprised at the same time, accusing Russia of using energy as a weapon to launch a protracted energy war. At the same time, people in European countries are worried that the winter may come earlier, and more and more European people do not support sanctions against Russia. On the 3rd, demonstrations broke out in many European countries to protest against rising energy prices. 70,000 people took to the streets in Prague, the Czech capital, to demand that the government control energy prices and lift sanctions on Russia. What worries many European governments is that when this winter comes, not only people will freeze and the economy will decline, but society may also be plunged into unprecedented turmoil.