EU and Russian energy – level 2

09-05-2022 07:00

When Russia attacked Ukraine in February, the EU acted very quickly to give consequences to Russia. Interestingly, the EU is still buying energy from Russia.

Before the war started, 47% of coal, 41% of gas, and 27% of oil came from Russia. This energy was for households and big companies, too.

Since the start of the war, the EU paid Russia more than 46 billion euros for its energy. Ukrainian president Volodimir Zelensky said that the EU made money from blood because Russia bought weapons with the money.

The EU wants to end imports of Russian coal this summer. Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands are countries which buy the most Russian energy. Now, they must get it from somewhere else. They can possibly buy from the US, and the EU can also make more nuclear energy.

Difficult words: household (a group of people who live in a home), import (when you buy things from another country), nuclear energy (a type of energy which comes from the smallest things called atoms).

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