With the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shut down indefinitely by Russia since Friday (Sep 2), Russian gas supplies to Western Europe have hit a new low. While Gazprom has attributed this to an oil leak, Moscow was clear about who was to blame for Europe’s energy crisis: The West.

On Monday, the Kremlin warned that gas supply will not be resumed until sanctions are lifted. Europe had already been on edge in July, when the Nord Stream 1 pipeline was shut for 10 days for annual maintenance.

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