All vital services, from police to hospitals, will suffer from the sudden loss of supplies.
The BBK conducted a stress test in 2018 to determine if all critical services would be affected by a shortage of gas. The exercise was re-examined by the newspaper Die Welt on Tuesday, amid demands that Berlin stop buying energy from Russia in response to Moscow’s military operation against Ukraine.
Two-day crisis management exercise Lukex 18 involved many states from southern Germany. It found that the lack of natural gas supplies will result in a shortage. “a drastic effect on public life,”Includes the close of both public and private buildings.
Supply disruptions can also cause problems. “far-reaching, difficult-to-predict consequences for the service sector and the production of goods,”According to the BBK.
The BBK advised of a shortage in personnel because parents will not be able drop their children off at daycare centres, and hospitals and retirement communities may struggle to prepare meals.
“Likewise, a high number of illnesses related to the cold are to be expected,”According to the agency, it could also result in staff shortages within government departments and police forces, as well as civil protection service personnel.
According to the agency, people might use fireplaces or makeshift fireplaces to keep warm in cold weather. This will cause an increase in the number of fires.
Volodymyr Zelensky (Ukraine President) asked Germany, in a Monday video, to cease buying energy from Russia. German politicians also share this urgency. “I think it’ll be tough, but doable, and that’s why we should do it. But instead, the economy minister is spreading catastrophic scenarios,” Norbert Roettgen, an MP, told reporters last week.
Berlin agreed that it would look into alternative suppliers, and this week reached a deal with Qatar for liquefied petroleum gas. But, Russia has been reluctant to give up on Russian oil or gas.
Robert Habeck, Economy Minister, warned that Germany would see greater unemployment and poverty if Russia pulls out of Russian gas immediately. “If we do not obtain more gas next winter and if deliveries from Russia were to be cut, then we would not have enough gas to heat all our houses and keep all our industry going,”Habeck spoke Monday.
On Tuesday, Olaf Scholz, the Chancellor of Germany, reiterated his belief that sanctions are in place “the right approach,”They must also be emphasized “bearable in terms of the repercussions for the development of the national economy.”
As the White House is preparing to introduce new sanctions on Thursday, Joe Biden (the US national security adviser) will meet European leaders. Washington has repeatedly urged Germany, as well as other states to stop imports of Russian oil this month.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were French and German-brokered, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia demands that Ukraine declare itself as a neutral nation and that it will not join NATO. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked and denies any plans to take the republics.