MOSCOW, June 15 (TASS) - European countries are currently going through an energy crisis, which will only get worse over time, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has said.

"Naturally, our opponents are doing their best to harm our fuel and energy complex as much as possible, to impair Russia’s positions in the Arctic," he wrote in his Telegram channel on Tuesday evening.

In his opinion, West’s decision to refrain from purchasing Russian fuel "is already having its toll on millions of Europeans."

"They are now going through an energy crisis, which will only get worse. Even the mastermind of the anti-Russian aggression, the United States of America, has been affected by it," Medvedev added.

He went on to say that Russia’s Arctic zone "has colossal hydrocarbon reserves."

"It holds 25% of all Russia’s oil and gas condensate reserves, over 70% of natural gas reserves," Medvedev said, adding that in the past few years, the region joined the list of world’s leading liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers.

According to Medvedev, Russia should thoroughly analyze prices to its fuel and make sure they are in line with national interests.

In his words, as the West is imposing sanctions on Russia and tries to exclude it from various organizations, the Russian government will consistently develop its cooperation with friendly countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

"Now we need to determine exact volumes of our possible fuel supplies - including from the Arctic - to those areas, and to thoroughly analyze prices for our products, in order to bring them into accord with our national interests," Medvedev said.

"And, of course, we will increase consumption of Russian oil, gas, coal on at the domestic market, stimulate deep processing of energy resources," he added.