On February 24, 2022 Russia waged an unprovoked, deadly war on Ukraine.
So far, it has resulted in thousands of civilian casualties, millions of refugees, and large-scale destruction of Ukrainian cities and towns. Vladimir Putin and his regime are paying for this war with the billions of US Dollars and Euros that companies have been spending on Russian coal, oil, gas, and nuclear fuel imports into the European Union. In 2021, the EU spent $108 billion (€99 billion) on Russian energy imports.
The EU’s dangerous dependence on Russian energy imports is now financing the illicit, deadly plans of an unpredictable autocrat. EU energy companies and governments created this dependence willingly and knowingly. Today, most of them condemn Putin’s aggression in official statements, yet they strive to maintain the status quo in Russian energy imports. Some even called Russia a reliable trade partner while Putin was already amassing troops on the Ukrainian border.
“Anyone who lobbies for maintaining Russian energy supplies to the West must be in the clear: Your money is funding the bullets, shells, and missiles that rain upon Ukraine today.” Vladimir Slivyak, founder of Ecodefense and laureate of
the Right Livelihood Award 2021
It is time to defuel Russia’s war machine.