MOSCOW, 18 Sep — PRIME. Former US President Donald Trump said that the Germans could “be left without a country” due to the reduction in Russian energy supplies against the backdrop of sanctions and the conflict in Ukraine.
After the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine, Western countries began to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation, in particular, on Russian energy resources. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy for the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.
Trump took credit for having long warned Germany of such a threat and even, he claims, once presented then-Chancellor Angela Merkel with a white flag to “surrender” to Russia.
“I sent her a flag. “But Donald, Donald, why did you send me this flag?” I said that … if you get 72% of your energy from Russia, then here is a white flag for you, because you will have to give up very quickly. Who the hell thought this would happen so quickly,” Trump said at a rally in Ohio.
He remembered how the Germans had laughed at his warnings.
“They don’t laugh anymore… Germany is now going back to old-fashioned things, including coal. But they have no choice. They won’t have a country, they won’t have a country,” he added.
Earlier, the German authorities, as part of the fight against the energy crisis and plans to phase out Russian gas, passed a law allowing the return of coal-fired power plants mothballed for climate protection reasons. At the same time, as a last resort, Berlin is ready to consider the possibility of restarting thermal power plants operating on the most environmentally harmful lignite. In the latest package of measures, the government decided in the short term to adjust the conditions for using the rail network to prioritize the transportation of oil products and coal.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak said earlier that Russia has never used energy resources as a weapon, for many decades the Russian Federation has been their reliable supplier to world markets.