Third World War? War in Ukraine threatens civilization, says Soros
“The invasion [da Ucrânia pela Rússia] it could have been the start of World War III and our civilization might not survive,” Soros said in a speech in Davos.
THE billionaire Hungarian-American George Soros warned, this Tuesday (24), that civilization “could not survive” the war in ukrainebut considered that Europe could be in “a stronger position” than it thinks in relation to Russian gas.
“The invasion [da Ucrânia pela Rússia] it could have been the start of World War III and our civilization might not survive,” he said in a speech at the dinner he traditionally organizes in Davos (Switzerland), on the sidelines of the meeting of the World Economic Forum.
“The best and only way to preserve our civilization is to defeat [o presidente russo Vladimir] Putin as soon as possible,” Soros insisted.
The European Union (EU) is struggling to reach agreement on a new sanctions package against Russia, mainly because its member states are very dependent on Russian hydrocarbons for their energy supply.
“I believe that Putin is very intelligent and is blackmailing Europe by threatening to cut off the gas. But in fact, his case is not as solid as he claims,” Soros said.
He argued that Russia deliberately created a shortage situation last winter by storing its gas instead of sending it to Europe, which drove up prices but also filled its deposits, which will be “full from here to there.” July”.
The Russian president “is in a crisis and, in one way or another, he has managed to terrorize Europe”. Now “he is in a tense situation. You have to do something with this gas, and the only place that can absorb it, because there are pipelines, is Europe”, argued the billionaire.
Soros said he had explained this situation in a letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, but had not yet received a response.
Furthermore, he particularly blamed the policy of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel for Europe’s continued “excessive” dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.
Finally, Soros called Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping “the two dictators”.