Although Qatar could support Europe with natural gas supplies in the coming years, the emirate is not in a position to replace Russia as an energy supplier, according to the emir of the Gulf monarchy. A solution to the conflict in Ukraine must be found, he warned. Western sanctions would harm the whole world.
The Europeans either massively underestimated the effects of their sanctions on the energy supply, or simply accepted them with approval. However, the desperate search for replacement supplies for Russian gas shows that the leading European politicians have little idea about the subject and that a replacement cannot simply be delivered out of nowhere. Not even from the Emirate of Qatar, which Germany’s unsuspecting Economics Minister chose to supply liquid gas.
Well there Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thanithe ruler of Qatar, the French medium Point an interview (in English read here). In it, the Emir tried to be as diplomatic as possible, although there was some restrained criticism of the western sanctions policy. When asked about Western sanctions against Russia, Al-Thani said: “You have to be careful about the kinds of sanctions that complicate things for the whole world… That doesn’t decide whether Europe is right or not.”
“We all see the problems caused by the lack of energy supplies on the European continent,” Al-Thani said, noting that while Qatar will supply gas to Europe “for years to come,” the Gulf country “will not have a replacement for Russian gas.” The Emir also stressed the need to find a “solution” to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
This also shows that the Arab Gulf States obviously have no great interest in supporting the West’s tough approach towards Russia or in using it as an “emergency nail” for the EU leadership’s failure in energy policy. In particular because we know very well that the mood of Western politicians can quickly turn into the opposite and suddenly sanctions are imposed on the Gulf monarchies for reasons of “human rights” and the like.