Putin’s state TV threatens to launch cluster munition attack to cripple Europe gas supply

A member of the Russian Parliament (Duma) from Vladimir Putin’s get together urged Moscow might goal a European nation with a cluster bomb assault.

Andrey Gurulyov argued Moscow might launch an assault on the Netherlands and successfully cripple Europe’s fuel provides in retaliation for the help proven to for the reason that begin of the invasion final 12 months.

Gurulyov appeared on 1, the primary channel of the nation’s pro-Putin nationwide broadcaster, to debate the state of the battle – outlining how Dutch oil refineries could be the best goal for an assault.

The Duma member famous Europe voiced considerations in regards to the ongoing conflict and the affect it’s having on fuel provides, mentioning the nonetheless unclaimed assault on the Nord Stream fuel pipeline within the Baltic Sea final 12 months.

He mentioned: “Now relating to Nord Stream. Properly, there are sufficient audio system with out me to speak about hypocrisy. I perceive that there are problems with vitality safety in each nation and in the identical Europe, in the identical Europe…

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Gurulyov mentioned it could be tough to outlive with out fuel (Picture: RUSSIA 1)

“It’s, maybe, very tough to outlive with out fuel. And likewise, finding out on the Common Workers Academy, I examine the European theater of army operations.”

Gurulyov admitted to being “shocked” to study that “virtually 50 % of oil refining is within the Netherlands,” noting “it’s extremely dense and really shut to one another. Very dense.”

The feedback spurred 1 host, and Putin mouthpiece, Vladimir Solovyov to recommend the European nation could be “an ideal goal for a cluster munition.”

Cluster bombs are weapons that open within the air and launch further smaller submunitions thus increasing the goal space.

After months of hesitance, the US earlier this 12 months agreed to produce cluster munitions to to assist its effort to push Russian troops out of invaded territories.

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Europe beforehand acquired 15 % of its fuel from Russia by way of Nord Stream 1 (Picture: GETTY)

Greater than 120 nations the world over have banned dual-purpose improved standard munitions (DPICM) however , the US and haven’t.

Europe has seen its fuel provides drop considerably for the reason that invasion of in February 2022 after a long time of counting on fuel by way of the Nord Stream pipeline.

The pipeline accounted for 15 % of the continent’s imports in 2021 and a second hyperlink, referred to as Nord Stream 2, was anticipated to be construct however plans have since been discarded.

European nations have since shifted their provides away from after experiencing rocketing costs final winter, shifting to Norway for provides. Further pipelines have additionally been opened in Greece and Poland.

The Netherlands opened liquefied pure fuel (LNG) terminals alongside Italy, Finland and Germany – with extra anticipated to comply with within the coming months.

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The Netherlands will likely be shutting down the Groningen oil area subsequent 12 months (Picture: GETTY)

The northwestern European nation has additionally been dealing with the closure of one of many continent’s greatest pure fuel fields at Groningen, which at one level accounted for 90 % of fuel equipped to Dutch properties.

Extraction from the sector had been slashed to close zero due to excessive earthquake exercise however the authorities stored it open to handle uncertainties following ‘s invasion.

In a press release, the Ministry of Financial Affairs mentioned full closure will come on October 1, 2024 regardless that “uncertainty on the fuel market will not be anticipated to fully disappear… and will even proceed to rise.”

They added: “After the approaching winter, [authorities] will assess whether or not further measures are essential to make sure provides after the sector is closed.”

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