The gas station country is over: Putin staged an energy explosion in Russia
Due to the aggressive policy of the Kremlin, Russia is plunging into an oil crisis, and the status of a gas station country has been lost.
A gas station country is a rather unpleasant, but in many ways an accurate definition of Putin’s economic model of Russia.
This is stated in an article by the influential Russian resource “The Sieve of Socrates”.
After all, its ruling class draws its wealth not through large-scale investments in R&D projects, complex high-tech industries, but banally plunders exhaustible resources.
For example, even during the period of international sanctions, the Russian budget consists of 28.3% of revenues from the sale of oil and gas. The amount is quite substantial, although it is the smallest for the entire period of developed Putinism. The thing is that huge amounts of energy are being driven by the Asian consumer with huge discounts (discounts – ed.). As a result, against the background of the exhaustion of many fields, the shortage of the latest drilling equipment, depreciation of fixed assets, and a large delivery shoulder, the energy potential of the Russian Federation is weakening without the appearance of any compensatory mechanisms.
It should be noted that there are a number of negative factors at the same time. If we take the factor of sanctions, they are often and rightly criticized for their lack of effectiveness. But it seems that a turning point is coming. India, the second largest Asian importer of Russian oil, is reducing the purchase of Russian raw materials, citing the effect of international sanctions.
Indian refineries have suspended purchases of Sokol grade oil produced on Sakhalin. This happened after the Americans imposed sanctions against the owners of tankers transporting Russian oil in defiance of sanctions. As a result, 14 tankers with 10 million barrels of Sakhalin oil have been parked near the coast of South Korea for several weeks, which they were supposed to deliver to India.
But the situation is complicated not only by Western pressure, but also by the cunning policy of the Hindus. The government of N. Modi does not want to spend scarce dollars as payment for Russian oil. Restrictions have been imposed on the conversion of rupees into dollars, respectively, Moscow is offered to accept Indian rupees as payment for its resources. At the same time, the Russian government is not encouraged by this proposal and does not want to fill its pockets with empty paper. There is just some kind of collapse of the concept of a new world order without a dollar, and all through 2022 Russian propaganda rang about the worthlessness of the American green paper. Something went completely wrong.
Another important point is related to the Asians’ rejection of Russian subversive policies in the Middle East. Moscow is situationally supporting Tehran in its proxy war against Israel, hoping to complicate energy supplies from the region in different directions. If Europe is currently suffering from supply problems, because the Houthis are attacking tankers in the Red Sea, then in the event of an escalation of the situation around Iran, supplies to Asian countries may also come under attack. Russia’s policy of exporting instability and terror is outraging the whole world.
Finally, if we talk about the military component that strikes the Russian energy sector, there are a lot of growing challenges here. It turns out that not only Russian special services, through their wards, are able to influence energy exports. The Russian energy infrastructure was under a natural blow. Putin’s exceptionally aggressive policy is entirely to blame for this.
Firstly, if you look at the episodes of the defeat of UAVs of such facilities as Russian refineries or oil storage facilities, then this is nothing more than a response for similar actions of the Russian occupiers in Ukraine and its attempts to destroy the corresponding energy infrastructure of a neighboring country.
Secondly, there is no clear understanding of what causes more damage to Russian oil facilities in Ust-Luga or Tuapse: direct drone attacks or inept operation of air defense systems? Moreover, a significant amount of information about the incidents is classified.
As a result, the disruption of the oil and refining infrastructure of the Russian Federation will result in an energy crisis. On the one hand, due to the lack of shipment, mining facilities may decline. On the other hand, Russia is on the verge of a shortage of gasoline and diesel fuel. Accordingly, her militaristic car may stall, and people will rebel because of empty gas stations.
Previously, the Dialogue.UA reported that the Russian Federation has big problems with oil exports.
We also wrote that the oil refinery in Yaroslavl was attacked by UAVs.
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