Russian policies divide European Union

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ISLAMABAD (Online): The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Monday said Russian policies have divided European Union (EU) and many countries of the block have refused to take a unified stance on different issues.

The aplit in the EU has alarmed the United States and its other allies as Russia is successfully using its natural gas as a weapon which has resulted in economic troubles for the continent in which many countries are dependent on Russian gas, it said.

Despite the war, Russia’s economy continues to grow while the rest of the world suffers from problems for which the United States is solely responsible, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

He said that the European Commission had suggested a 15% cut in gas consumption to reduce the intensity of a crisis in winter but the twenty-seven countries were not on the same page on this matter while twelve have openly voiced against it.

Even before this, European countries have taken different positions on buying oil, grain, fertilizers and chemicals from Russia and supplying arms to Ukraine fracturing this important alliance, he added.