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Is Russia shooting itself in the foot?

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2022 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Doesn’t blasting its own pipeline – thus hindering the flow and sale of its own fuel to Western Europe, ergo cutting the cash flow it now needs more than ever for its military conquest in Ukraine – amount to Russia shooting itself in the foot?

Really, how do they benefit?

And, if Russia’s intention was to disrupt their fuel-flow to Europe, why not save themselves all that trouble and great cost by just shutting off the flow via the valve controls on its own territory?

The US, on the other hand, does have motive; and its navy was in the area in June performing military exercises. Not to mention, President Joe Biden did state publicly earlier this year that the US could, and would if Russia continued misbehaving, disrupt Russian fuel-flow to Europe and therefore much-needed funding for Russia’s war machine.

FRANK STERLE JR