Vladimir Putin is doing his best to strong-arm Europe. That’s the only way to look at the comments made Monday by his Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov that Russian natural gas won’t begin flowing again through the huge Nord Stream 1 pipeline until the West lifts it sanctions against Russia. This latest move has “significantly increased the risk that Europe may not get further gas flows through Nord Stream 1 for the whole winter,” analysts at energy consultancy Rystad Energy said in a research report cited by CNBC.