These ruthless comments were made on a pro-Kremlin television station owned by a Russian gas giant, Gazprom. “The queues for petrol pumps are like those for sausage that was in short supply in the Soviet Union,” said a presenter on NTV in Moscow.
The TV station also commented that the rising gas prices means UK residents are growing concerned about freezing in the winter.
“Heating at home or food on the table — this is a choice that Britons may be facing in a month or two,” the presenter said on NTV.
Reporting from London, a correspondent for the television station held up two UK papers, the Times and the i newspaper, while smiling.
“There is no petrol, there are only newspapers, which say that the petrol is all gone,” the reporter said.
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“Two years after Brexit, hundreds of thousands of drivers, farm workers, waiters, plumbers and even doctors working in Britain with European passports have returned to their countries with no intention of returning.”
Corriere della Sera, the leading daily newspaper in Italy, joined in.
“Great Britain is running on empty and the British are — unusually — completely panic-stricken,” the paper wrote.
The UK transport secretary has said that there were “tentative signs” of stabilisation in petrol stations, with queues hoping to reflect this in the coming days.
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) said there were “early signs” the pressure on petrol stations was starting to ease.
However, Britain is estimated to be short of over 100,000 lorry drivers which is causing problems for a large range of industries.