power worth cap can be your undoing By Reuters

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By Man Faulconbridge and Felix Mild

LONDON (Reuters) -Russia warned the West on Friday that plans to attempt to cap the value of Russia’s oil and gasoline exports in retaliation for the warfare in Ukraine would fail and in the end result in the instability of the USA and Europe.

The confrontation over Ukraine has prompted European Union clients to cut back their purchases of Russian power whereas each the G7 and the EU are attempting to impose a worth cap on Russian oil and gasoline.

Simply earlier than the EU introduced a worth cap on Russian gasoline on Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin threatened to sever provides if such limits have been imposed, warning the West it could freeze just like the wolf’s tail in a fairy story.

The Group of Seven main industrialised international locations needs to impose an oil worth cap that will deny insurance coverage, finance and brokering to grease cargoes priced above a but to be set worth cap on crude and two oil merchandise.

Russia’s overseas ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, stated the West didn’t perceive how such steps would in the end influence their very own international locations, which might in the end slip up.

“The collective West doesn’t perceive: the introduction of a cap on costs for Russian power sources will result in a slippery flooring beneath its personal ft,” Zakharova stated.

Russia’s high lawmaker stated on Friday that the West’s plans would fail and that costs would soar far past their tried synthetic worth ceiling.

“What G7 state officers name a worth ‘ceiling’ will develop into a worth flooring,” Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s decrease home of parliament, the Duma, wrote on his Telegram channel. “The worldwide market just isn’t restricted to seven international locations.”

The remarks from Moscow point out the depth of the confrontation with the West which Putin says is a declining U.S.-dominated coalition which goals to shackle – and even destroy – Russia. The EU says it’s in an power warfare with Russia.

EU power ministers met on Friday to attempt to discover a option to shield residents from sky-high power costs and forestall energy utilities from collapsing.

“We’re in an power warfare with Russia,” Czech Business Minister Jozef Sikela stated as he arrived on the emergency Brussels assembly.


Western makes an attempt to punish the world’s largest producer of pure sources starting from oil and gasoline to gold, metals, coal and timber just isn’t a straightforward job, particularly when China, India and different customers are nonetheless joyful to proceed shopping for.

Nonetheless, Putin’s menace to reorient flows of Russian oil and gasoline eastwards would quantity to the most important flip in Russian power coverage for the reason that Soviets constructed gasoline pipelines westwards to Europe from Siberia within the early Nineteen Seventies.

Russia is the world’s second largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia, the world’s high exporter. Europe often imports about 40% of its gasoline and 30% of its oil from Russia.

For the reason that warfare started, European Union clients have pledged to cut back their reliance on Russian power whereas Russia has reduce or shut down provides on three of its largest westward gasoline pipelines whereas oil provides have been redirected eastwards.

Russia’s Gazprom (MCX:) has for years been learning the likelihood for a serious new gasoline pipeline – the Energy of Siberia 2 – to journey via Mongolia taking Russian gasoline to China.

The proposed pipeline may carry 50 billion cubic metres (bcm) of pure gasoline a 12 months, Gazprom says – barely lower than the Nord Stream 1, the presently shutdown pipeline which hyperlinks Russia to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea.

The prevailing Energy of Siberia pipeline, which runs from Russia to China, was launched on the finish of 2019 with an annual capability of 61 bcm per 12 months.

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