The critics of The Kremlin maintain that it is limiting supplies to force the German energy regulator to approve the gasoducto Nord Stream 2, whose construction was completed this month. The gas pipeline, which crosses the Baltic without going through Ukraine ni Poland, is set to double the capacity of Russian exports to Germany. But the project has aroused notable opposition, in addition to sanctions by the US. Both because it would increase russian dependency like the footprint of fossil fuels on the continent.
The Kremlin has defended itself by claiming that it has to attend to your own needs first, not without reminding Europeans that the energy crisis could be significantly alleviated with the launch of Nord Stream 2.