Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accused Germany on Sunday of waging a “hybrid war” against Russia, justifying the halt in gas deliveries to Berlin by its “unfriendly” behavior in the midst of the conflict in Ukraine.
These statements come as relations between Germany and Russia, already plagued by the conflict in Ukraine, have become even more tense after Moscow suspended deliveries to Berlin through the Nord Stream pipeline.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz says Russia is no longer a reliable energy supplier. Firstly, Germany is an unfriendly country, secondly it has imposed sanctions against the entire Russian economy and it delivers lethal weapons to Ukraine,Medvedev said in a message posted on Telegram.
In other words, it has declared a hybrid war against Russia. Germany is behaving like an ENEMY of RUSSIA, he added. And this Uncle [M. Scholz] is surprised that the Germans are experiencing small problems with gas, he pretended to be surprised.
On Friday, Russian gas giant Gazprom announced the total suspension of deliveries via the Nord Stream pipeline, officially after detecting an oil leak on a turbine.
The Europeans, who support Ukraine in the face of the Russian offensive, believe that Moscow is using this pretext to subject them to energy blackmail as winter approaches and several countries fear shortages.
Even if it is heavily dependent on Russian hydrocarbons, Germany will be able to cope with this winter, Scholz assured Sunday, saying that Russia was no longer a reliable energy supplier.
The Russian authorities accuse the European leaders of being responsible for the difficulties of gas delivery, claiming that the sanctions taken against Moscow to punish it for its offensive against Ukraine had deprived the Nord Stream gas pipeline of equipment ensuring its proper functioning.
The European leaders have an absurd management of the gas crisis, said Sunday the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. These politicians make their citizens die of strokes when they see their electricity bills explode, he mocked.