Vladimir Putin bets on weak EU politicians to hold UK and EU hostage with gas lines | World | New
Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Seely said: “Putin is playing a very cynical game.
“We are in this country, we are collateral damage in a massive political or geopolitical power ploy of the Kremlin.
“The Kremlin is trying to push Nord Stream through this new pipeline – is trying to get EU clearance despite opposition from Poland and the Baltic republics in a series of interconnected and hybrid forms of warfare. defective and Putin is betting on the weakness and weakness of European politicians to accept it to avoid suffering in the short term.
“But I’m afraid to say that by agreeing that Nord Stream 2 is going to put Europe in considerable danger, I guess.” READ MORE: Beaune closed as French ambassador warns of energy threat to dismantle “accord cordiale”
Host Katie Razzall then asked: “BBut why are we in the UK so dependent on energy supplies from Russia? “
The MP said: “I don’t think we are. We are collateral damage. Germany depends between 30-50% on Russian energy and is addicted to Russian energy.
“AAnd unfortunately the disaster of German energy policy, the closure of 17 nuclear power plants dependent on Russian gas and now dependent for years to come on lignite coal–the dirtiest form of coal, means they have less and less room to maneuver where their energy supply comes from.
“I’m not an expert on this, you have experts.
“I understand we get some of our energy from that same pool.”
He added: “So if there is pressure in Germany because Russia is not supplying the energy needs that Europe needs, we are a ripple effect.
“The long term answer to this … I hope the government will have more power generation, more indigenous power supply in this country, and preferably in the form of Rolls-Royce nuclear reactors, so that we can build a series of small-scale nuclear reactors rather than this unreliable Chinese technology. ”
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Russia is the EU’s largest gas supplier.
The continent already depended on Moscow for 43% of its gas imports last year.
Angela Merkel has supported the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, which would provide cheap fuel to Germany.
However, Russia is now accused of sitting on gas exports to Europe in order to pressure the German regulator to approve Nord Stream 2 more quickly.