The United States and Western countries are ready for a possible stop by Russia of energy exports, as Washington assumed such a step in the arsenal of Russian measures, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said at a briefing on Wednesday, September 7.
“We are ready for this. We knew that this would be part of Russia’s measures – the use of energy resources as a weapon. She’s been doing this for the past few months. So we are ready for such a step,” she said.
Jean-Pierre thus commented on Russia’s likely retaliatory measures to limit the price limits for gas and oil.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on September 7 at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum (WEF), noted that if the West develops any decisions of a “political nature” that will contradict contracts for the supply of energy resources, Moscow will not comply with them.
In April, President Putin noted that the refusal of a number of Western countries from normal cooperation with Russia, as well as from part of Russian energy resources, had already hit Western countries.
In Europe, there is an increase in prices and inflation rates, the Russian leader noted. This, he said, is absolutely unprecedented for these countries. Putin also noted that Europe, in fact, commits an auto-da-fé, refusing the energy resources of the Russian Federation.