The migration war waged between Belarus and its neighbouring EU countries has entered a new phase of bitterness. EU leaders tirelessly accuse Alexander Lukashenko of "a hybrid attack on a free Europe with the help of migrants." The Belarusians, in turn, convict the “civilised Europeans” of the sadistic treatment of refugees. Moreover, as noted in Minsk, the European Union is trying to flood Belarus with terrorists under the guise of refugees.
Moscow has always been meeting its commitments as far as it concerns deliveries of natural gas to Europe and has never used its energy resources as a political weapon or as a coercion tool. It is actually the United States which are using sanctions to derail commercial energy projects.
This story is part of a repeated pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative, lately related more specifically to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
The report is using a statement made by the White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan during his trip to Europe when he said, commenting about the energy prices' rise that "Russia has a history of using energy as a tool of coercion, as a political weapon. Whether that's what's happening here now is something I will leave to others".
The Kremlin’s use of energy coercion has been solidly corroborated. Russian energy companies, presumably with the Kremlin’s blessing, have made multiple attempts over the past 30 years to use energy supplies to advance Moscow’s strategic priorities. Events in Ukraine both in 2009 and in 2014 are two cases in point, while another example can be observed in Lithuania. Russia has a long track record of using gas export to Belarus as a political tool.
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