Russian TV channel from energy giant Gazprom mocks panic-stricken Britain over the petrol crisis and compares scrambling for fuel to the Soviet Union’s infamous sausage rows
- Major pro-Kremlin channel reported UK was facing food and fuel shortages
- Correspondent said fuel queues are ‘like sausage shortages in the Soviet Union’
- Channel said it was clear Boris Johnson’s government had ‘no clear bailout plan’
Russian TV has mocked ‘panic’-ridden Britain for its petrol crisis and compared its scrambling for fuel to the Soviet Union’s infamous sausage rows.
Major pro-Kremlin broadcaster NTV reported that the UK was in ‘genuine panic… gripped by a fuel crisis’ and struggling with food shortages.
The channel is owned by the media arm of energy giant Gazprom, which is accused of having stopped gas supplies to Europe, threatening a winter of misery.
“Britain is in the throes of a fuel crisis, after a food crisis,” explained NTV presenter Lilia Gildeeva before crossing over to a correspondent in the UK.
“The few gas stations left with fuel are under siege as car owners stand ready to fight for their lives for every gallon of fuel. Queues at gas stations are like sausage shortages in the Soviet Union.’
Russian TV mocks panic-stricken Britain for its petrol crisis, comparing fuel searches to the Soviet Union’s infamous sausage rows
Pro-Kremlin channel NTV reported that the UK was in ‘real panic… gripped by a fuel crisis’ and suffering from food shortages (pictured, people queuing for petrol at a Tesco in Rochdale)
NTV’s British correspondent told the show’s host: ‘Queues at gas stations are like sausage shortages in the Soviet Union’
Viewers of the pro-Vladimir Putin channel were told, “It’s real panic. It was previously reported that Misty Albion [Britain] has a drastic shortage of truck drivers to deliver fuel to gas stations.
“That’s why people buy stocks, which makes it even more like the days of Soviet deficits.”
The NTV report said it was “unclear how long it will last” and claimed Boris Johnson’s government appeared to be out of the depths.
“It is unclear how long it will take,” the presenter says in the Segodnya news bulletin.
“The military is involved, but it’s pretty clear that the island authorities don’t have a clear rescue plan.”
The Communist-led Soviet Union — which collapsed three decades ago in December 1991 — was notorious for its rows of sausage meat, bread, and consumer goods
A line as BP staff direct motorists to an empty fuel pump at the Boreham Interchange on the A12 near Chelmsford
The NTV presenter said Brits were stockpiling fuel, making it ‘even more like the times of Soviet shortages’
The gas station of Morrisons supermarket in Bridport in Dorset has run out of fuel amid panic buying by motorists
Britain’s correspondent Liza Gerson told viewers in Russia’s 11 time zones: “For a week there were concerns about hunger, then several gas companies went bankrupt and residents feared they would freeze in the winter.
“Now it looks like they won’t be able to keep warm and fed, even in the car.”
She spoke to an Uber driver who said he would be affected by gas shortages.
Meanwhile, a Telegram channel showed footage of a man holding a knife and fighting in lines for British petrol.
‘The English have learned well the new expression, the petrol war,’ reported Pool N.3.
“Fighting at gas stations, people reaching for knives.”
The Communist-led Soviet Union — which collapsed three decades ago in December 1991 — was notorious for its rows of sausage meat, bread, and consumer goods.
A driver pulled a knife on a motorist and was run over outside a Welling gas station yesterday (pictured)