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Russia Isn’t a Dead Petrostate, and Putin Isn’t Going Anywhere

| Jan. 27, 2022

If you were wondering whether Europe is running out of options to deal with its continuing energy crisis, one of Britain’s largest energy suppliers just offered an answer.

In early January, Ovo Energy sent customers tips on how to keep warm without cranking up the heat, such as cuddling with pets, cleaning the house and doing the hula hoop.

Now fears are mounting that Europe may be about to face a far worse energy situation as Russia threatens military action in Ukraine. The United States is exploring ways to get more natural gas to the continent.

And for good reason. The European Union typically relies on Russia for about 40 percent of its natural gas, making it by far the continent’s largest supplier. With an estimated 127,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, Europe seems torn between responding to what would be an egregious upset of its security and safeguarding its own energy requirements...

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For Academic Citation: O'Sullivan, Meghan and Jason Bordoff.“Russia Isn’t a Dead Petrostate, and Putin Isn’t Going Anywhere.” The New York Times, January 27, 2022.

The Authors

Meghan O'Sullivan