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Borrell believes that Russia will not allow Minsk to cut off gas to Europe

Russia will not allow President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to implement threats to cut off gas supplies through the country to Europe, said the head of EU diplomacy Josep Borrell.

“Lukashenka put 35 thousand people in jail. If he could (cut off the gas supply to Europe – ed.), he would have done it, but the Russians will not allow him, because they are selling gas,” Borrell said in an interview with France 24.

Lukashenko on Thursday advised the EU, before imposing sanctions against Minsk , to think about the transit of gas and goods through the republic.

Lukashenko reminded that the main export gas pipeline Yamal-Europe runs through the country, and recently the volume of gas transit from Russia to the West has significantly increased.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that theoretically Lukashenko could give an order to cut off Russian gas to Europe, although this would be a violation of the transit contract, cause great damage to the EU’s energy sector and would not contribute to the development of relations between the Russian Federation and Belarus. At the same time, Putin expressed the hope that it will not come to this.

Thousands of mainly Middle Eastern migrants are camped out in dire conditions at the Belarusian-Polish boder, trapped in a perilous standoff with Minsk.


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