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West should pay more for gas to help Germany

Citizens of Western nations should accept a lower standard of living to help Germany break its dependence on Russian gas, the former British army chief has said.

Despite years of Germany ignoring warnings from figures such as former President Donald Trump about its dependence on Russia for its energy needs while at the same time demanding Putin’s protection by American military might, General Sir Nick Parker called on the people of Western nations to help Germany by accepting a lower cost of living.

“I think there’s probably a need in all of our countries for people to redefine their priorities. What happened is a threat to all of us and it is potentially a very significant threat. And so to overcome the threat we are going to have to suffer, but that pain needs to be made very clear to people so they understand the context,” the former British Army chief said. The Telegraph.

He said the UK should “divert our own energy resources to help Germany”, which Parker said would further increase the cost of living for the average British citizen at a time of soaring inflation and of soaring energy prices.

General Sir Nick, who was previously commander of Britain’s land forces, argued that the cost of living crisis facing the UK and other countries should be brought into the conversation about “Russian aggression in Ukraine”.

“We need to bring those two things together and really figure out if we need to change or reorganize our priorities in order to deal with the biggest threats that we face,” he explained.

“We may have to go to war. This requires a complete reorganization of our national priorities, this would require a very clear conversation with the public as to why this is needed.

While Germany has slightly reduced its reliance on Russian energy since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, the European Union is still sending around €1bn (£828m/ $1.09 billion) every day to Moscow in energy payments, according to EU foreign policy. Chef Josep Borrell.

At a press conference last week in London with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his government will try to completely cut off Russian oil imports by the end of the year, saying: “We are actively working to become independent from the import of [Russian] oil and we think we can do it this year.

It is less clear, however, how effective Germany will be in reducing its dependence on Russian natural gas, which still accounts for around 40% of its imports.

Germany has long been warned of the potential pitfalls of pursuing its radical green agenda while turning to Russia to meet its energy needs, thus funding the supposed reason for the NATO alliance, for which the Germany has also consistently defaulted on its spending obligations.

Former President Donald Trump has frequently criticized Germany’s bilateral policy, saying in July 2018, “It’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where we’re supposed to. protect us from Russia, and Germany pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia. We protect Germany, we protect France, we protect all these countries.

Trump also noted that due to its reliance on Russian gas, Germany had become “captive” to Putin’s regime. Indeed, Germany is currently facing a recession if it tries to reduce Russian imports and has already experienced one of the highest inflations in Europe.

Meanwhile, citizens of Western countries such as the UK and the US have faced high levels of inflation for decades, due to massive spending during China’s coronavirus lockdowns, sanctions on Russia and the war in Ukraine.

British and American taxpayers’ money heavily subsidized the Ukrainian war effort, with both countries sending billions in military vehicles and weapons.

Yet the former British army chief argued that more was needed to “defeat Russia”, despite neither country having officially declared war on Russia.

“We need to stop buying their oil and gas, so that the most dependent countries need the support of those sourcing elsewhere,” said Sir Gen Nick, continuing: “We need to be ready to step in on the Free market”. so that existing resources are allocated more “equitably”… If we view Russian action as a long-term threat to world peace, we should be prepared to bear that pain for the long-term benefit.

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