Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.Figure: flipping Twitter
Russia has been sanctioned by the international community for its violation of Ukraine, but the Western sanctions against Russia seem to be insufficient. Since Russia started the war 100 days ago, it has made 93 billion euros (about NT$2.9 trillion) in oil and natural gas exports. Today, Russia ridiculed that the West “shot itself in the head” for the Ukraine conflict and tried to restrict imports from Siberian oil fields and natural gas fields, in sharp contrast to China’s increased energy transport.
Reuters reported that the West tried to isolate Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine, and Europe vowed to reduce its reliance on Russian oil and gas. The Ukrainian-Russian war and Western sanctions have sent food, cooking oil, fertilizer and energy prices soaring. According to the report of the “Energy and Clean Air Research Center”, an independent research institute in Finland, since the 100 days of the war, Russia has made a profit of 93 billion euros through oil and gas exports.
According to the Voice of America report, Russia exported more energy in April than before the war, and the surge in international oil prices showed that Russia made more money. Although European countries threatened to reduce Russia’s oil imports by 90% by the end of the year, a report by Finland’s Energy and Clean Air Research Center reported that during the 100 days of the war, Russia’s total energy export revenue was 93 billion euros. Among them, the EU contributed 57 billion euros, accounting for 61%.
If analyzed by country, China is the largest single country customer of Russia’s energy, buying 12.6 billion euros, Germany ranks second with 12.1 billion euros, and Italy third with 7.8 billion euros, VOA reporter Baragona said: ” Because some buyers don’t want to buy Russian oil, Moscow sells it at a discount, some even 65% off, which is very attractive to India.”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said today that Russia’s strategic partnership with China has stood up to the West’s sowing, while the United States and its European allies have damaged their relationship with Russian authorities. Shakarova told reporters that energy supplies are steadily increasing and that China knows what it wants and will not “shoot in its own feet”, while Western countries “shoot in their heads”.