TotalEnergies renounces Russian oil: “They did well to do so”, answers Xavier Bertrand


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The special adviser to candidate LR Valérie Pécresse also said he understood that some French companies are maintaining their activities in Russia.

TotalEnergies renounces Russian oil by the end of 2022 and “they did well to do so” estimated this Wednesday morning on franceinfo, Xavier Bertrand, special adviser to Valérie Pécresse for “The Republic of Territories and Work” and LR president of the Hauts-de-France region.

The hydrocarbon giant explains that it is not, however, ending its purchases of Russian gas because there is no embargo. For Xavier Bertrand, it is on a European scale that he “we had to go further, this is part of the additional sanctions that Europe can take”.

Valérie Pécresse’s special adviser believes that he “we need a unified European view, that everyone has this will, the Germans too”more dependent than France on Russian gas. “The clear question is: do we value our independence or do we continue to put, in terms of energy, all our eggs in one basket?”wonders Xavier Bertrand.

President LR Hauts-de-France also understands that some companies in his region are not ceasing their activities in Russia, like Decathlon, Auchan or Leroy-Merlin. “They say: we close, immediately it will be nationalized and taken over by Putin or his relatives.launches Xavier Bertrand. The fact that there is this activity is not what enriches the oligarchs or Vladimir Putin.”

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