Belarus’s Lukashenko Threatens To Shutdown Critical Pipelines Transporting Gas From Russia

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Belarus’s Lukashenko Threatens To Shutdown Critical Pipelines Transporting Gas From Russia

Mon, 11/15/2021 - 09:36
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (© Shutterstock/Drop of Light)
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko (© Shutterstock/Drop of Light)

Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday, Nov. 11 threatened to chock off the gas supply from Russia to Europe through critical pipelines should European Union (E.U) hit the country with a new raft of sanctions.

“We are heating Europe. They still threaten us that they will close the border. And if we shut off natural gas there?” said Lukashenko, considering the country has one of the largest gas pipelines supplying natural gas to Europe.

“The Foreign Ministry must warn everyone in Europe: If they impose additional sanctions on us, that would be indigestible and unacceptable for us. We must answer,” he added in comments reported by the BelTA, a state news agency.

President Lukashenko's warning comes at a time an enormous number of migrants are stranded at a heavily protected Polish border amid a rising crisis in the country as the western leaders plan to sanction the country as early as next week according to an EU official.

The threat unleashed by the Belarus state boss suggests the dictatorial regime which has stayed put since 1994 still has the support of Russian, the leading gas exporter to European gas markets.

However, experts say only Russia can decide if the Belarusian president could follow through and cut off gas supply through a key pipeline in Belarus supplies more than 20% of natural gas to Europe.

So far, Moscow has refuted claims it’s part of the simmering tensions between Belarus and the European Union, but, at the same time not reining Lukashenko in.

“It’s clearly a very serious threat, and the next step is to watch what Russia says or does about this,” Nigel Gould-Davies, a Belarus analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a former British ambassador to Belarus told Washinton Post on Thursday.

Even so, E.U vowed it will not be intimidated. And Together with the US, they’re planning a series of sanctions for the last standing dictatorial regime in the region.

Meanwhile, President Putin’s order to supply more natural gas to Europe was implemented on Monday, November 9, pumping the highest volume of natural gas in two weeks to Europe to replenish all the key underground storage tanks before the onset of Winters.

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