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It happens again: Russia cuts off energy lines to the West

The Nordstream II pipeline from Russia to Germany has taken a new round of U.S. sanctions and has annoyed the Germans, who want the thing mightily.  They’re blaming President Trump and arguing that he’s interfering in their internal affairs.

But what happened just a few days ago between Russia and near-abroad Belarus ought to get the Germans’ attention.

To show they haven’t changed a bit after all these years and are still hell-bent on using energy as an instrument of control, they cut the Belrusians off.  Here’s an Associated Press report, emphasis mine.

(MINSK, Belarus) — Belarus has reached an agreement with Russia for limited oil supplies after Moscow earlier this week stopped supplying crude amid stalled talks on strengthening economic ties between the neighboring countries.

Belarusian state-run oil company Belneftekhim said Saturday that the country’s refineries started receiving the first batch of crude oil, sufficient to ensure “non-stop operation of the country’s refineries in January 2020.”

Read the full story from American Thinker

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