MINSK, 4 Sep — PRIME. The energy crisis in Europe could be a window of opportunity for Belarus to export wood products for heating, said Deputy Prime Minister Piotr Parkhomchik.
“There is a certain window of opportunity for us – we produce a lot of pellets, a lot of woodworking products that can be used in Europe. I think there will be private companies that will build these bridges, roads so that our products get to the European market, their lives will force them to simply take our products,” Parkhomchik said on the air of the ONT TV channel, commenting on the energy crisis in the EU.
According to him, Belarus itself is not worried about the energy sector, since it has long agreed on gas and oil prices.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in prices for electricity, fuel and food in Europe and the United States. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the policy of containment and weakening of Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and the sanctions dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.
Setting cap gas prices in the EU is seen as one of the ways to contain energy prices, which are breaking record after record. Italy came up with the initiative to introduce a price ceiling for Russian gas back in the spring. At the end of August, Prime Minister of this country Mario Draghi said that EU leaders would discuss the introduction of a ceiling on gas prices from the Russian Federation at the next meeting of the European Council in October.