French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in a recent interview said that Americans are indifferent to the ordinary French people and their predicament and that the US should compensate France for losses if the EU bans Russian gas.
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In an interview with BFM TV, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said the US should reimburse France for losses if the EU bans Russian energy carriers.
“The Americans, who will sell us liquefied gas and get a solid profit from it, could transfer money to France as compensation for anti-Russia sanctions,” Le Pen added, referring to US pressure on the EU to sanction Russian energy carriers. After Moscow launched a military incursion in neighbouring Ukraine, the EU imposed a slew of sanctions. Many Western countries have condemned the operation, but none has been more vocal than the United States.
According to Le Pen, if Washington succeeds in banning Russian gas imports into the EU, the French will be forced to pay alarmingly high gasoline prices. She, on the other hand, feels that American fuel magnates are indifferent to the ordinary French people and their predicament, and are solely interested in making money from the bloc’s increased LNG exports.
Despite the European Union imposing a slew of penalties on Moscow in recent weeks, member states have yet to agree on a ban on Russian energy imports. Many EU countries rely heavily on Russian energy, and others have no other option because they are landlocked and hence unable to obtain liquefied gas from the United States.
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However, Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, stated on Monday that conversations on the subject will continue.
Moscow presently supplies roughly 40% of the gas and a third of the oil consumed by EU countries. According to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak, it will take the EU 5-10 years to totally replace Russian oil and gas, and a ban will surely result in record prices.