In one ancient Russian folktale, villagers find a wolf stuck in the ice and beat it mercilessly as payback for the mischief it got into over the summer. Though the wolf was able to escape, its tail was left frozen in the ice.
That story was recounted to the world by none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. In his version, the wolf was Western Europe.
In retaliation over the European Union’s support of Ukraine against the Russian invasion, officials in Moscow recently severed natural gas shipments through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline — a move that will likely be devastating for much of the continent. Germany, the largest economy in Europe, imported roughly 55 percent of its gas from Russia before the invasion of