France Starts Gas Deliveries To Germany

Photo: AP [via The New York Times]

The Facts

  • On Thursday, the French natural gas grid operator GRTgaz announced that the country started direct gas deliveries to Germany, making good on an energy cooperation agreement struck in September to offset Russian supply cuts.

  • This wraps up efforts over the past months to allow pipeline networks to flow eastbound, reverting their original direction as France has been less reliant on Russian energy than Germany.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

Though some have deemed Putin a great strategist, his latest moves reveal a wild gambler prone to mistakes. Yes, weaponizing natural gas will inflict some damage to the West in the short term, punishing it for supporting Ukraine. But this move will be much more detrimental to Russia's long-term position as Europe has sought alternative energy suppliers and cut its dependence on Russian energy.

Pro-Russia narrative

The Western arrogance and pride that contributed to the emergence of the conflict in Ukraine are also behind the ongoing European energy crisis. Moscow's decision to cut off gas supplies comes as a major diplomatic failure to Europe, which has been waging an economic war against the entire Russian population while offering no path to negotiations.

Nerd narrative

There's a 2% chance that Nord Stream 2 will be completed before 2025, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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