ER Editor: He no doubt is. But what if ‘Putin’ were an agenda, or a clever, powerful group with an agenda being steered over decades?
See also this put out by AlethoNews, Russian Economy Back on Track – Putin
French economist Francois Lenglet speaking below is known to be reliable.
‘Really, Putin is smarter than the entire Dutch cabinet put together’
Since the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has been swimming in money. That’s what journalist François Lenglet said in the French radio program RTL Matin. By the end of July, Putin had secured $97 billion in energy exports, the Wall Street Journal reported. That is now 158 billion euros.
Russia earns 40 percent more from energy exports than before the war. The country sells 7.4 million barrels of oil a day, only 600,000 less than before the war.
“So you’re saying that Russia has never made so much money from oil and gas exports, despite the sanctions?” asked presenter Yves Calvi.
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All for nothing
Not ‘despite’ the sanctions, but ‘because of’ the sanctions’, ‘because of’ the sanctions’, Lenglet explained. Prices have risen sharply due to speculation. Slightly less volume at much higher prices means a lot more money.
In the meantime, we tighten our belts, risk shortages and ration. “So that’s all for nothing?” asked Calvin.
3,700 euros per second
Lenglet replied that the sanctions are hugely filling Putin’s coffers. The sanctions harm countries that do business with Russia more than Russia itself.
European countries have paid Putin more than €86 billion since February 24, according to the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). That is 3,700 euros per second, according to Lenglet. “So in the time that I have been speaking, more than EUR 300,000 has already gone from Europe to Russia.”
Neurologist Jan Bonte responds: “Really, Putin is smarter than the entire Dutch cabinet put together.”
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