Emmanuel Macron ‘betrays Ukraine’ as French imports of Russian gas soar

Figures show France received €900m worth of Kremlin gas while bombs rained down on Ukraine in the past two months

IN BERLIN and RUSSIA CORRESPONDENT 13 June 2022 • 8:37pm

Emmanuel Macron has been accused of betraying Ukraine after figures showed that French imports of Russian gas rose during the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia made €93 billion (£80 billion) in fossil fuel exports during the first 100 days of the war, according to a report from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (Crea), an independent research organisation based in Finland.

The EU in total accounted for 61 per cent of Russia’s total fossil fuel exports, worth about €57 billion (£49 billion), even as the bloc moved to reduce its dependence on Russian energy.

France, Belgium and the Netherlands had snapped up shipments of the Kremlin’s fossil fuels at discounted prices after other buyers cut back their purchases during the conflict, Crea said.

While Russian missiles and bombs were raining down on Ukraine in April and May, France received 12 shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fossil fuel products worth almost €900 million (£773 million), the report showed.

Protest outside French energy company
In Paris, activists held a protest outside the headquarters of a French energy company urging it to stop buying Russian gas CREDIT: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Lauri Myllyvirta, an analyst at Crea, told The Telegraph: “France and Belgium stand out as buyers of Russian LNG on the spot market. As the EU is considering stricter sanctions against Russia, France has increased its imports to become the largest buyer of LNG in the world. 

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“We estimate an 18 per cent increase from February-March to May, seasonally adjusted.”

Since most of these are spot purchases rather than long-term contracts, Mr Myllyvirta said, Paris is consciously deciding to use Russian energy in the wake of Moscow’s invasion.

France’s energy ministry did not immediately respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.

Dmytro Natalukha, the head of the Ukrainian parliament’s economic affairs committee, told The Telegraph: “The simple answer is, of course, this is not a way we consider how our allies should behave themselves.

“Those are actions that contradict the words, and provides a whole different context on the calls of the French president [Emmanuel Macron]. Given these statistics, it gives you some doubt over his real willingness to end this conflict in the best interests of Ukraine.”

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian presidential adviser said on Monday that Kyiv needs about 10 times more weapons from the West or it will suffer a crushing defeat in Ukraine’s east.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, published a list of what Ukraine requires, including 1,000 howitzers and 300 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). Just seven MLRS have been pledged by the UK and US together so far.

Countries in central and Eastern Europe that have been arming Ukraine will soon no longer have anything to offer to Kyiv. 

Edgars Rinkevics, the foreign minister of Latvia, told The Telegraph that Eastern Europe had now largely run out of Soviet-made tanks and weapons to send to Ukraine, and that Western Europe needed to step up production to meet the threat from Russia.

On Monday, Michael Kofman, the director of Russia studies at the CNA, a Washington-based research group, described ongoing fighting in the Donbas as “one of the most dangerous battlefield periods for war for Ukraine”.

“There’s a real challenge for Ukraine because they’re outmatched in terms of firepower if you look at artillery… and if you look at airpower,” he said in a piece for the War on the Rocks website.

In its daily briefing, Britain’s Ministry of Defence said that it expected river crossing operations around the eastern city of Severodonetsk to be among the crucial moments in the course of the ongoing war.

“To achieve success in the current operational phase of its Donbas offensive, Russia is either going to have to complete ambitious flanking actions, or conduct assault river crossings,” the report said, pointing to the “key, 90km-long central sector” of Russia’s front line on the west side of the Siverskyi Donets River.

6 comments

  1. “Meanwhile, a Ukrainian presidential adviser said on Monday that Kyiv needs about 10 times more weapons from the West or it will suffer a crushing defeat in Ukraine’s east.

    Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, published a list of what Ukraine requires, including 1,000 howitzers and 300 multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS). Just seven MLRS have been pledged by the UK and US together so far.”

    There is a catastrophe in the making. Critical help needed now.

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  2. Ukraine is in the horrible position of having to thank the Budapest Memorandum signatories: America and Britain, for the assistance received (British NLAW’s and US Javelins helped them win the battle of Kyiv), but also to berate them for not honouring the terms of the memorandum. Ukraine signed it on the understanding that they would give up their nuclear weapons because the US, UK and Russia would guarantee the integrity of their borders.
    What happened is that all three reneged. Putler first thieved land and inflicted genocide on civilians back in 2014 and the signatories did nothing.
    Once the intel confirmed last year that putler was planning genocide and theft on a gigantic scale, the signatories again had a chance to act. They could have moved all their mechanised forces stationed in Germany over to Ukraine and provided air and sea support, but they did nothing. Putler’s own state media : RIA Novosti, even published its “genocide handbook.” Putler published his own version of Mein Kampf last year.

    The Telegraph today :

    “Ukraine has hit back at Joe Biden’s “absurd” remarks that Volodymyr Zelensky “didn’t want to hear” US intelligence about the likelihood of a Russian invasion. 
    Sergei Nikiforov, the spokesman for the Ukrainian President, said the US President’s claim “probably needs to be clarified” as it was Ukraine’s partners who failed to heed their concerns.
    Mr Nikiforov told the Liga news agency that Mr Zelensky had had “three or four telephone conversations” with Mr Biden before the war began, during which they discussed “detailed” information about the situation.
    He added that Ukraine had asked for preventative measures such as sanctions to deter Russia, but “our partners… did not want to hear us”.
    Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podoliak also criticised Mr Biden’s comments, saying that it is “pointless to blame the country, which is more than 100 days [into] a full-fledged war against a much more resourceful opponent, if key countries have failed to prevent the militaristic appetites of the Russian Federation”.

    Putler is using terrible weapons of mass destruction on civilians: thermobaric and cluster bombs in Kharkiv and Donbas. Hundreds are being deliberately murdered every day and long range artillery is killing 100 Ukrainian troops each day.

    The Budapest signatories have provided less than 10% of what they have available.

    All supposedly civilised countries in the world are complicit with putler. The only countries to have helped Ukraine in a serious, practical way are the US, UK, Poland, Pribaltika, Czechia and Slovakia.
    Germany, France, Italy and Austria have all helped Russia, whilst fantastically wealthy countries such as the Scandies, Switzerland, NZ, Aus, Canada etc have given Ukraine next to nothing.
    If putler moves into Germany, starts genocide, torture, theft, rape of women, old ladies, girls and young boys, they will fucking deserve it. RuSSian orcs film themselves raping mothers in front of their children and just for variation; children in front of their mothers. The fathers are killed first. The raped women have had their tongues cut out, been beaten to death and their bodies burned.
    The leaders of the countries mentioned all know about this but chose to do nothing. Thus they are complicit in the actions of a savage regime that is more nazi than the nazis and more evil than isis.

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  3. Let us remind ourselves of the fact that planned, systematic, industrial scale genocide is in progress.
    Confirmed again by fully fledged nazi Dmitry Medvedev, who spent four years as president during putler’s “castling” maneuver. :-

    “I hate them. They are bastards and scum.”
    He went on, saying that “they want that Russia and all of us to die” and adding that “as long as I’m alive, I will do everything to make them disappear.”

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    • If you ask me, looking at Medvedev’s history, I have the impression that this small chunk of Putin shit has come to believe that he must say such rubbish to suck up to the large intestine called Vlad, in the vague hope that he can become his successor.

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      • He really is a dedicated nazi facts and a good conman too. He convinced that obscenely overrated preening fool Obama that he was some kind of liberal, in the same way that putler conned George “I have looked into his eyes” Dubya.
        Last year Medvedev was puking out anti-Semitic comments about Zel, which in a sinister, evil shithole like putlerstan guarantees renewed popularity.

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  4. The frogs like to call their country The Grand Nation.
    But, that is history, and it’s very questionable if this was ever the case. A grand nation acts differently than today’s France, which has lowered itself so far into the mafia swamp, that it’s moniker “frog land” is fitting in more ways than just being the land who eats frogs. It, like Germany, Italy, Austria and Hungary, does not stand for liberty, equality and fraternity, but for dependency (ruskie fossil fuel and mafia money) inequality (the mafia state RF enjoys higher status than democratic UA) and we’ll keep the fraternity but apply it to being fraternal with the crime syndicate.
    We’ve seen that the frog prince Macron didn’t mind being treated like a small school boy in front of his school principal, as he sat at that ridiculous long table with Putler, being humiliated in front of the whole world. He doesn’t mind being the clown who calls and talks with Adolf 2.0 over and over again, making a total fool of himself. And, despite being humiliated and disrespected by the rat, he is still doing big business with him. There is no pride, no honor and no dignity in France.

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