“We are honoring all our obligations in terms of energy supply,” Putin said during a televised government meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow was continuing to export oil and gas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Moscow was continuing to export oil and gas through Ukraine, where the Kremlin sent troops with a wave of costly Western sanctions.

“We are honoring all our obligations in terms of energy supply,” Putin said during a televised government meeting on the consequences of the sanctions.

“Even the gas transport system in Ukraine is 100 percent full according to the contracts,” he said.

The Russian president also said that Western sanctions on Moscow had begun to hurt the United States and Europe.

“Their prices are going up, but it’s not our fault. It’s the result of their own wrong calculations. We don’t have to blame,” Putin said.

Putin also drew ridicule in Washington for his efforts to sign energy contracts with Western adversaries Iran and Venezuela.

“They are already trying at all costs to come to an agreement with the countries against which they themselves have imposed illegitimate sanctions,” he said.

“And they are ready to make peace with Iran and sign all the documents immediately. And with Venezuela. They went to Venezuela to negotiate with them,” he said.

European bulk gas and crude rose to record, or almost record, prices this week due to supply fears linked to Putin’s decision to put thousands of troops in Ukraine on February 24.

The United States and Britain announced earlier this week that they were cutting Russian energy imports in response to Moscow’s “special military operation” by the Kremlin, prompting another jump in prices.

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