West's weaning from Russian gas to take years – Lithuania's ex-president

  • 2022-04-19
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – It will be difficult for Western countries to suddenly stop buying Russian gas and switch suppliers, Lithuania's former President Dalia Grybauskaite has said.  

"Political will is very important, because the pressure from the economic lobby will be very strong all the time," Grybauskaite said in an interview with Ukrainian TV channel 1+1. 

"Some politicians depend on that money. We know, for example, one party in France [and] a far-right party in Germany that still depend on such influence," she added. "It will be difficult for politicians in the West to abandon [Russian gas] quickly". 

The former president warned that severing Russian gas supply ties might take at least two to three years for some countries.