The Russian Embassy in Spain released a video, mocking the West and its sanctions imposed on Russia.
The clip published on the embassy’s Twitter account, called “Time to move to Russia,” promotes Russia’s cultural values.
“This is Russia,” a narrator speaking English with a Russian accent says in the ad.
“Delicious cuisine, beautiful women, cheap gas, rich history, world-famous literature, unique architecture, fertile soil, cheap electricity and water, ballet, cheap taxi and delivery, traditional values, Christianity, no cancel culture, hospitality, vodka.”
Russia’s economy, “can withstand thousands of sanctions,” continues the voiceover.
“Time to move to Russia. Don’t delay, winter is coming, ” the ad concludes.
The ad’s reference to winter is also seen as a veiled threat to the West given Russia’s control of much of Europe’s gas supply.
Russia supplied the EU with 40 percent of its natural gas and 27 percent of its imported oil in 2021.
In June, Russia announced it would reduce natural gas flows through a key European pipeline by 40 percent in Germany.
On Monday, the Russian government doubled down, announcing it would cut gas to Germany and Europe by an additional 20 percent.
As a result, in a bid to save energy, Germany’s northern city of Hanover has decided hot water will no longer be available for hand washing in public buildings, or in showers at swimming pools, sports halls and gyms.
Public fountains are also being switched off to save energy, and there will be no night-time lights on major buildings such as the town hall and museums.
Mayor Belit Onay said the goal was to reduce the city’s energy consumption by 15% in reaction to an “imminent gas shortage” which posed a significant challenge for big cities.
The rules apply to heating, too. Public buildings will not have any heating from April to the end of September each year, with room temperatures limited to a maximum of 20C for the rest of the year – with some exemptions.