(ANSA) – MOSCOW, November 11 – Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to cut off gas transportation to Europe via the Yamal-Europe pipeline if the European Union extends sanctions. “We are supplying Europe with heat, and what’s more, they are threatening to close the borders. What if we cut off the supply of natural gas?” said the Belarusian president.
“We certainly do not allow ourselves to be afraid of Lukashenko’s threats,” the distant response of the EU Commissioner for the Economy, Paolo Gentiloni. “When we talk about the EU’s strategic energy autonomy – he said at a press conference – it will be essential in the medium term; and in the short term, of course, we must work to make the most of the existing relations, with North Africa, Norway and Russia,” he stressed. “.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikanovskaya also intervened over the threat to block gas transit to Europe, which he said was “disingenuous” Lukashenko and such a decision would be “more harm to Belarus than to the Belarus EU.” (Dealing).
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