ANKARA, 8 Sep – PRIME. Turks living in European countries said that they are stocking up on fuel oil, charcoal in order to survive the expected “nightmarish winter”, some of them do not understand the government’s policy, the Yeni Şafak newspaper writes on Thursday.
After the start of a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine, the West stepped up sanctions pressure on Russia, which led to an increase in electricity, fuel and food prices in Europe and the United States. At the same time, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out, the policy of containing and weakening Russia is a long-term strategy of the West, and sanctions have dealt a serious blow to the entire global economy.
“Russia has closed the valves and Europe is in a gas crisis. Countries are rushing to get through what is expected to be a nightmarish winter with minimal damage. The Turks here are also making their own plans. Some stocked up on fuel oil, some built furnaces and bought charcoal. There are even those stocking up on candles in case of a power outage. In Europe, the upcoming “Great Winter” and natural gas are the topic of even casual conversation.
Mustafa Orsoglu, who has lived in France since 1995, said that “a big economic crisis has broken out all over Europe because of energy, and there is no convincing answer how to overcome it.”
“There is a huge problem of natural gas and oil. The state is providing assistance, but it is unsatisfactory. If they do not find real solutions, I think that the beginning of the disaster will be in winter,” he said.
Kenan Thurudyu, who works as a builder in France, believes that the energy crisis has greatly affected the lives of citizens.
“I bought a stove and a lot of candles because I had serious concerns. The French government says it will reopen nuclear power centers and supply natural gas from other countries, such as Algeria. But we have seen negative chants from Algerian citizens in the media about President of France,” he said.
Aslı Bagh, who has lived in Austria for almost 20 years, is married and the mother of three children.
“The crisis has affected us in many ways. To summarize, we can say that the prices of fuel, electricity, rent, natural gas and food have more than doubled. However, minimum wages and salaries have remained the same. This naturally creates difficulties in meeting private needs and payments. If we can’t find gas, which is rumored, we will burn wood. We had to limit some things because of fear of financial difficulties. Restaurants, sports, entertainment are over. The government helps as much as it can but that’s not enough. I don’t understand the government’s political line,” she said.