MOSCOW, October 8 – Novosti. Western experts shamed Norway for “aggressive” enrichment in the Ukrainian conflict, writes The Washington Post columnist Emily Rauhala.
As the article notes, as the energy crisis worsened after the aggravation of the situation in Eastern Europe , this Scandinavian country began to play an increasingly prominent role in the fuel security of the continent.
The Norwegian authorities, in turn, reject all accusations of speculation and say that the price of the resource is inevitably high due to a shortage in the market.
After Russia launched a special operation to liberate Donbass , Western countries imposed sanctions against Moscow . This plunged Europe into an economic and energy crisis and led to higher fuel and food prices. The situation was also aggravated by the shutdown of the main Russian gas pipeline that supplied the continent. Gas exports via Nord Stream completely stopped at the end of August due to a malfunction of a key turbine at the Portovaya compressor station. Russia noted that Siemens gas pumping units could not be repaired due to sanctions.
At the end of September, terrorist attacks took place on the Nord Stream highways. Germany , Denmark and Sweden have not ruled out targeted sabotage. The operator Nord Stream AG said that the state of emergency on gas pipelines is unprecedented and it is impossible to estimate the timing of repairs. The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case on an act of international terrorism. However, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod announced the government’s determination to refuse Moscow’s participation in the investigation of the sabotage.