RUSSIA’S LAVROV ASSAILS WEST OVER SWITCH TO GREEN ENERGY And insists that the West continues to push other nations to do the same
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West of provoking crises in the global oil and gas market by rushing to switch to green energy and imposing pressure on other countries to do the same.
He claimed that the reasons for the energy crisis were the irresponsible actions of the collective West.
He said Western boycotts of Russian energy had dealt a serious blow to global energy security.
Lavrov said the blowing-up of Russia’s EU Nord Stream gas pipelines to Europe last year had deprived the continent of cheap gas and made it more reliant on expensive imports from the United States.
The sanctions have severely hit Russian gas giant Gazprom, which has lost most of its European markets, and forced Russia to sharply increase oil sales at discounted prices to countries such as China and India.