MOSCOW, October 4 – Novosti. Explosions at the Nord Stream threaten to break the resolve of Europeans to help Ukraine, Matthias Quent, sociology professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg , told the New York Times.
“In some parts of society, there is already an opinion that we are sacrificing our well-being for the sake of fighting. People blame the sanctions for rising energy prices. Even solidarity with Ukrainian refugees looks less firm,” Quent said.
The newspaper cites the opinion of unnamed officials and analysts who believe that the state of emergency on gas pipelines could reduce support for the sanctions policy.
Protests over higher energy prices and sanctions against Russia, which many see as the cause of the current economic hardship, are growing across Europe.
A gas leak was discovered on September 26 at Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2, and in four places at once. According to the operator Nord Stream AG, the accident is unprecedented and it is impossible to estimate the timeframe for repairs.
The seismic center of Sweden recorded powerful underwater explosions in the area of the emergency. The Kremlin called the incident an act of international terrorism. According to President Vladimir Putin, “sanctions are not enough for the Anglo-Saxons,” they have begun to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure.