The ruthless comments were made on a pro-Kremlin TV channel owned by Russian gas giant Gazprom. “The lines for gasoline pumps are like those for sausages that were rare in the Soviet Union,” said a presenter on NTV in Moscow.
“Heating at home or eating at the table – that’s a choice the Brits could face in a month or two,” the presenter said on NTV.
Reporting from London, a correspondent for the television channel waved two British newspapers, the Times and Journal i, while smiling.
“There is no gasoline, there are only newspapers, which say that the gasoline is no longer there”, declared the journalist.
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Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian daily, joined.
“Britain is running on empty and the British are – exceptionally – in complete panic,” the newspaper writes.
Britain’s Transport Secretary said there were “tentative signs” of stabilization at service stations, with queues hoping to reflect this in the coming days.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said there were “early signs” that pressure on gas stations was starting to ease.
However, it is estimated that Britain lacks more than 100,000 truckers, posing challenges for a wide range of industries.