George Soros: Civilization "May Not Survive"

George Soros: Civilization “May Not Survive”

US billionaire George Soros warned on Tuesday that civilization “may not survive” the war in Ukraine. At the same time, the controversial philanthropist believes that Europe may be in a “stronger position” than he thinks in terms of Russian gas.

In his opinion, “The invasion (Ukraine by Russia – no.) Was perhaps the beginning of World War III and our civilization may not survive,” George Soros said in a speech at a dinner on which he traditionally organizes in Davos, Switzerland, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting.

Thus, “The best and only way to protect our civilization is to defeat (President Vladimir) Putin as soon as possible,” Soros was quoted as saying by AFP, according to Agerpres.

One of the weapons used by Western countries is a series of economic sanctions against Moscow.

However, the European Union (EU) is struggling to agree on the latest package of measures, as some member states are heavily dependent on Russian hydrocarbons for their energy supply and are reluctant to adopt new sanctions.

In his view, “I think Putin is very smart and in a way dictates to Europe, threatening to cut off gas. But in reality his file is less solid than he thinks “, said George Soros.

Putin ‘managed to terrify Europe’

Regarding Russia’s action, Soros argues that Russia intentionally created a shortage of scarcity last winter, storing its gas rather than sending it to Europe, which has raised prices, and also filled its tanks that will be “full until July.”

The Russian president “is in a crisis and he has somehow managed to terrify Europe.” Or, “he is in a tense situation. He has to do something with this gas and the only place that can absorb it, because there are pipes there, is Europe “, the billionaire underlined.

He said he had explained this in a letter to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, to which he said he had not yet received a reply.

Germany pays “heavy price”

In other news, George Soros called into question the policy of former German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in particular, to explain what he said was Europe’s still “excessive” dependence on Russian oil.

In the context of gas, “It has approved special agreements with Russia for gas supply and has made China Germany’s largest export partner. This has made Germany the country with the best (economic) performance in Europe, but now there is a price that is hard to pay, ”he said.

In addition to Vladimir Putin, the billionaire again criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling them both “the two dictators.”

“Today, China and Russia are the biggest threat to an open society,” Soros said.