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 November 29, 2022

Joe Biden and European officials in disagreement over Ukraine

A gulf may be developing between the Biden administration and its European allies about how America conducted itself during the Ukraine war.

According to a report by The Western Journal, a number of statements from European officials reflect a broader perspective seeming to point to the rift.

The story, which heavily depends on unnamed individuals, paints European leaders as irate that America continues to grow stronger while Europe suffers through a harsh winter of hardships owing to fuel shortages.

However, the United States is putting into place subsidies for green businesses have turned which have turned into a hotspot of dispute.

"The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the U.S. because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons," an unnamed "senior official," told  Politico.

The senior EU official declared, "We are really at a historic juncture," warning that the dual blow of trade disruption brought on by U.S. subsidies and rising energy costs runs the risk of alienating the public from both the war effort and the transatlantic relationship.

"America needs to realize that public opinion is shifting in many EU countries," the official went on.

According to a person who Politico identified as a "senior official from a European capital," some Europeans believe it will take years and cost U.S. defense corporations millions of dollars to replace the American-made weapons given to Ukraine.

Another source, an "EU diplomat," told Politico that "the money they are making on armaments" would help Americans realize that spending so much money on gas might be "a bit much."

The envoy is cited as suggesting that a discount on gas exported to Europe could help "keep united our public opinions."

"It's not good, in terms of optics, to give the impression that your best ally is actually making huge profits out of your troubles," the diplomat said.

Josep Borrell, the top diplomat for the European Union, advised the Biden administration to consider the costs to friends.

"Americans — our friends — take decisions which have an economic impact on us," he said.

"The rise in gas prices in Europe is caused by Putin's invasion of Ukraine and Putin's energy war against Europe, period," a National Security Council representative said, adding that liquefied natural gas exports to Europe "increased dramatically and enabled Europe to diversify away from Russia."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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