Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the European governments for urging their citizens to save water and electricity through wild schemes in order to do without Moscow’s energy.
”A picture was shown to me the day before yesterday, which is being spread across the Internet and Europe’s media outlets,” Putin stated.
“It shows a person with a caption below the picture reading ‘Wash only these four areas if you want to anger Putin’. Showing exactly where – here, here, here, and here. What is this? They’ve gone nuts. ‘Save water, save electricity.’ Total garbage,” he affirmed.
Furthermore, the Russian leader asserted that Europe had made a lot of mistakes, adding that some Western countries are facing energy problems now.
“They exploit the topic in the domestic political agenda,” scaring people with these problems, and then making unreasonable, miscalculated decisions. And the next step is to point fingers,” Putin noted.
In the same vein, Putin stressed the necessity to address issues of ecology and the environment. “We have many problems in this area, especially in large cities, in industrially developed large centers,” he said.
In previous remarks, Putin pointed out that Moscow would work to redirect its energy exports eastward, adding that the European nations cannot ditch Russian gas immediately.
The European countries have imposed heavy sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, a step that made Moscow stops supplying its gas to what it called “unfriendly countries”.
“The so-called partners from unfriendly countries concede themselves that they won’t be able to make do without Russian energy resources, including without natural gas, for example,” he told a televised government meeting. “There is no rational replacement (for Russian gas) in Europe now.”