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    If Russia cuts off gas supplies to Central and Eastern Europe the European Union would face a disastrous influx of migrants, especially from Ukraine.

    If the situation over Western anti-Russian sanctions deteriorates Russia may cut off gas supplies to Europe, Financial Times observer Tony Barber wrote.

    Scared and confused by the ongoing migrant crisis, European countries fear new disasters, particularly the end of Russian gas supplies to Central and Eastern European countries.

    The country to suffer the most would be Ukraine which would be vulnerable both to Russian and Donbass energy supplies.

    An engineer checks the gas distribution system in Beregdaroc, one of several points where Russian gas crosses into the European Union February 10, 2015
    © REUTERS / Laszlo Balogh
    Ukraine would face economic collapse, and many Ukrainians would flee to Western countries, including Poland, Germany and further on across the entire European Union, just like Syrian refugees, the article read.

    For Brussels, migration is one of the most urgent problems. Thus the EU is concerned over the possible influx of Ukrainian migrants and considering options to avoid this scenario.

    The most important condition to avoid this disastrous scenario would Europe’s willingness to admit Russia’s role in the European geopolitical and economic order, the author concluded.

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