Berlin has declared a ‘hybrid war’ against Moscow by supplying weapons to kyiv, says former Russian leader
Berlin has no right to criticize Moscow for its decision to suspend gas exports through the Nord Stream pipeline, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said. He added that Germany itself was acting like Russia “enemy.”
Germany “has imposed sanctions on Russia and its citizens”, Medvedev wrote in a Telegram post on Sunday, adding that Berlin has also “supplies Ukraine with deadly weapons used against our armed forces”. Such actions represent nothing less than a “hybrid warfare” said the ex-president.
The comment came in response to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who previously said Berlin no longer sees Moscow as a reliable supplier of oil and gas. “Russia is no longer a reliable energy partner” the Chancellor told a press conference as he announced additional measures worth 65 billion euros ($64.7 billion) to protect German consumers and businesses from the surge in coronavirus inflation caused by the energy crisis.
Berlin’s move came as Russian energy giant Gazprom announced it would indefinitely suspend gas transit through the Nord Stream pipeline, citing technical problems caused by Western sanctions. The EU has accused Russia of militarizing its energy exports.
READ MORE: EU threatened with complete shutdown of Russian gas supply
Germany has supported kyiv since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine at the end of February. It sent Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems, Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers and Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine, along with a range of other weapons.