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2018: Germany at UN laughed at warnings of Russian gas reliance

On September 25th 2018, 4 years go, Donald Trump as US president gave a speech to the UN General Assembly.

During the speech, he gave a stark warning to German leaders.

“Germany will become totally dependent on Russian energy if it does not immediately change course,” the then-US president said.

“Here in the western hemisphere, we are committed to maintaining our independence from the encroachment of expansionist foreign powers. It has been the formal policy of our country since President Monroe that we reject the interference of foreign nations in this hemisphere and in our own affairs.”

And Trump is speaking, members of the German delegation can be seen smirking, grinning and shaking their heads.

Now, as Russia invades Ukraine, there is serious concern over the German and European energy supply, as a huge amount of gas, coal and other fuel sources are imported from Russia. Russia relies on Russia for around 40% of its natural gas.

There are now serious concerns that as Europe threatens Russia with sanctions, Russia may retaliate by shutting off the gas supply, plunging the continent into darkness.

Only now is Germany and the EU looking into ways it can become more energy independent by 2030 – four years after Trump’s advice and during an ongoing energy crisis.

Gript did a video this week on Europe’s energy crisis, which can be viewed below.

 

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