Just one little problem. That pipeline doesn't exactly go to Ukraine. It goes through Ukraine. It goes through Ukraine; to Austria, Italy, France, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, all members of the European Union (EU), as well as Romania and Croatia. The Ukrainians, not wishing to freeze their asses off for the rest of the winter, simply took the gas they needed from the pipeline. This reduced the flow of natural gas to the aforementioned countries by some 40%. Their collective reaction?
The Impaler had to back down when the mighty EU stepped in to protect its member nations. Vlad "The Impaler" Putin will be known in the future as Vlad "The Self-Impaled". Perhaps he realizes now that only The United States possesses the economic and military power to tell the EU to go fly one. Vladdy does not.
This would be like Mexico declaring a moratorium on tortillas to The United States. Mexico would continue to ship tortillas to its immigrants in socialist Canada, using the US transportation system. How long before the folks in East Los Angeles began stopping the truckloads of tortillas and taking what they wanted? About 10 minutes, I'd estimate.
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