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Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace gives Putin a sharp rebuke

Experts warn that Putin’s economic war “may drag on for a decade” – but Defense Secretary Ben Wallace delivers a scathing rebuke to the Russian president and insists the West will not be “intimidated” into giving up values

  • Putin warned on Friday that Russia would shut down Europe’s most important gas pipeline
  • He is suspected of blackmailing Europe for supporting Ukraine
  • Energy prices for families and businesses will now continue to rise this winter
  • Experts have urged the UK to drill for more gas and build more wind farms

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace delivered a scathing rebuke to Vladimir Putin last night as experts warned that the Russian leader’s damaging “economic war” against the West could last a decade.

Crippling prices for families and businesses will continue to soar this winter after Putin warned on Friday that Russia would shut down Europe’s main gas pipeline indefinitely.

He is suspected of demanding a ransom from Europe for his support of Ukraine – leading to predictions that the average annual UK energy bill could reach £8,000.

Parliamentarians, energy experts and the former army chief joined Mr Wallace last night to slam the Russian president’s tactics – urging Britain to drill for more gas and build more wind farms to avoid over a keg to be held.

Mr Wallace told The Mail on Sunday: “This is just another attempt by Russia to get the West to abandon our values.

Putin (pictured September 1) warned on Friday that Russia would shut down Europe's main gas pipeline indefinitely

Putin (pictured September 1) warned on Friday that Russia would shut down Europe’s main gas pipeline indefinitely

“It will not work. But it will convince us all that investing in alternative sources and leaving Russia at the mercy of China is best for our future.”

Energy markets were shut down as Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom announced on Friday that its Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany will remain closed indefinitely.

Tony Jordan of energy consultancy Auxilione said gas prices would “go all the way up” when markets reopen tomorrow.

Putin’s restriction on gas supplies to Europe is one of the main reasons annual energy bills for the average British family will soar to £3,500 this winter. Mr Jordan said: “Not seeing the Nord Stream 1 pipeline long or never operational is Europe’s biggest fear. The impact will affect the price cap next year. We could see £8,000 a year for typical bills. That’s what will happen if we don’t get good news.’

Former army chief Lord Dannatt said Russia has begun the next phase of its invasion of Ukraine – and is now waging an economic war to distract from the failings of its armed forces.

The peer added: “He’s losing the war on the ground, so he’s stepping up his efforts to win the war against Europe economically and energetically – trying to convince European countries that it’s not in their interest to keep Ukraine alive.” to support.”

Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said Putin’s latest move proved he was a “tyrannical psychopath”, adding: “That’s all he’s got – he’s desperate now. He believes that he will start breaking the alliance.

“It’s going to be a big crisis. Most importantly, I am amazed that the UK is sitting on an island of gas and oil and we immediately pulled back. Successive governments have failed to recognize that gas will be needed in the future.

“They never reversed the terrible moratorium on shale gas fracking. We should now have mines pumping shale gas.’

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told The Mail on Sunday:

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told The Mail on Sunday: “This is just another attempt by Russia to get the West to abandon our values.”

The Mail on Sunday understands a report due to land on the new Prime Minister’s desk on Wednesday will detail how Britain needs to improve its own energy options or face a repeat of the current energy crisis. Mike Tholen, acting chief executive of Offshore Energies UK – the trade body behind the report – said Russia’s decision to close its main gas pipeline to Europe was an act of “economic warfare”, adding: “Gas flows from Russia are such that their Availability controls prices across Western Europe.

“Russia can manipulate our energy prices simply by turning the gas flow up and down. But it’s not just the gas supply. About 40 percent of our electricity comes from gas-fired power plants, so it’s also effectively driving up our electricity bills.

“Putin has control of consumers’ energy bills and is using that power to wage economic warfare against us. His goal is to break our and Europe’s resolve on Ukraine, even at the cost of a global recession. We cannot allow that.”

He said that if he failed to secure the UK’s energy independence now, it would allow Putin to ransom Britain and Europe for the next decade.

Boris Johnson revealed last week that offshore wind is nine times cheaper than gas.

Mr Tholen agreed that wind and solar were key to the UK’s future energy needs but warned: “This expansion will take time so we need to sustain oil and gas production. The North Sea still has the equivalent of 15 billion barrels of oil waiting to be extracted, enough to support the UK well into the 2040s.’

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