A top Spanish official has warned that Europeans are about to endure a “winter of great suffering” as a result of Russia fully suspending gas supplies during the freezing months.
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles made the comments during an appearance on Radio National.
“We are going to have a winter of great suffering,” said the cabinet member, adding, “In Europe, we have to work hard to be ready to deal with it.”
Robles made reference to deliveries by Russian energy giant Gazprom already being throttled and claimed it was politically motivated, although Gazprom claims the real reason is Ukraine refusing to allow the gas to run through its territory.
Despite the energy shortage coming partly as a result of NATO powers seeking to prolong the war between Russia and Ukraine, Robles insisted that support for Ukraine should continue.
Putin “cannot win,” according to Robles, who said, “I want to believe that the political forces will rise to the occasion.”
She added that many in Spain will find it difficult to support gas rationing, despite this being recommended for all member states by EU leadership.
As we previously highlighted, many European countries are already imposing energy rationing in the form of new rules that dictate thermostat controls.
In Spain, at the height of summer, authorities have controversially banned air conditioning from dropping below 27°C (80.6°F) in all non-residential buildings, including shops, cinemas and cafes.
Onerous fines for those who flout the rules run all the way up to €600,000 euros for “serious violations.”
As we document in the video below, a winter of discontent is building to a crescendo as a result of western support for ‘the current thing’ as well as disastrous net zero green energy policies.