Zakharova: West ‘Shot Itself in the Head’ with Energy Sanctions

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Trying to limit the oil and gas imports from Russia due to the Ukraine conflict, the West had shot itself in the head, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

While Europe has vowed to reduce its dependence on Russian oil and gas, the West’s attempt to isolate Russia as punishment and the war itself have sent the price of grain, cooking oil, fertilizer, and energy soaring since Russia is the world’s second-largest oil exporter and world largest exporter of natural gas.

China, in sharp contrast, has increased deliveries of energy since its strategic partnership with Russia had withstood Western attempts by the West to sow discord, Zakharova stressed, noting that the United States and EU bloc had destroyed their relationship with Moscow in its efforts to isolate themselves from Russia.

She underlined that Beijing knows what it wants and doesn’t shoot itself in the foot but has instead increased its energy supplies.

According to Zakharova, the European Union, on the other hand, is plotting a suicidal course by trying to diversify away from Russian energy.

Commenting on the issue, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has determined that although Moscow is facing problems created by the anti-Russian sanctions, the nations who adopt those sanctions will face just as serious problems in the long run.

Peskov underscored that the economic burden of antagonizing Russia will increase for all of them, but that Europeans have felt it more than the Americans did so far, warning at the same time that the crisis is not even close to its culmination.

Explaining the economic damage stemming from the West-Russia confrontation, he pointed out that Russia is in a more stable state thanks to the macroeconomic measures taken by the government and that the West, which is hurting itself in the process, will ultimately have to acknowledge Moscow’s legitimate interests.

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