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Ukraine-Imposed Sanctions to Hurt Europe

The Ukraine's parliament has passed legislation that would allow the government to impose sanctions on Russia. It provides for sanctions against 172 individuals and 65 entities in Russia and other countries for supporting and financing «terrorism» in Ukraine. President Poroshenko has not signed it into law as yet, but the transit of Russian gas to Europe through the territory of Ukraine is in jeopardy... It may make the European Union want to get rid of unmanageable transiter and finally approve the construction South Stream going around the Ukraine’s territory. The situation puts into doubt the expediency of the EU Third Energy Package which actually bans Russia from using the existing pipelines while other suppliers have reduced capacity for filling the pipes...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 24.08.2014


 

Pushing Ukraine to the Brink

Everything. It reveals the commercial interests that drive US policy. Just as the War in Afghanistan was largely fought to facilitate the transfer of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the Arabian Sea, so too, Washington engineered the bloody coup in Kiev to cut off energy supplies from Russia to Europe to facilitate the US pivot to Asia.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 11.07.2014


 

Russia Breaks EU Blockade

On June 24 President Vladimir Putin wound up his visit to Austria – the second trip abroad after the situation in Ukraine took a turn for the worse.  He went to Normandy in early June to take part in the 70 th Anniversary of D-Day commemoration. The launching of the «the second front» delivered a powerful blow against the US-led anti-Russian European alliance. The summit in Austria laid a foundation for Russia’s further economic cooperation with Western partners... It’s an open secret that many Western leaders perceive these issues as intertwined... Some circles in Brussels try to play an «anti-Russian» card at the time the European Union is unable to refuse the role of obedient junior partner of the United States.

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 26.06.2014


 

European «Gas Deadlock» to Meet Interests of US Westinghouse Electric Company

Gasprom has introduced a prepayment system for gas supplies to Ukraine. It has become a result of self-destructive and provocative policy implemented by the West. Instead of making Ukraine find a compromise the United States and the European Union pushed the situation into a dead-lock. It serves the interests of US politicians and businessmen while posing a grave threat to Ukraine and Europe... The US goals are clear. It sees the current conflict as a continuation of a bigger geopolitical game related to the energy transportation routes going through Ukraine and affecting the interests of the whole Eastern and Central Europe...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 20.06.2014


 

Oettinger's Gas Bluff

At a time when gas supplies to the European market from other suppliers are fall-ing, the advantages of collaboration with Russia have become obvious for Belgrade, for Sofia and for Athens. However, the European Commission refuses to admit the obvious. This follows, in part, from the most recent statement of EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger, who rushed to surround his support for the South Stream project with scandalous political conditions. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, he stated that a «political decision» on the construction of the South Stream pipeline is not possible until Russia recognizes the government in Kiev. Oettinger provocatively urged Russian partners to «adhere to the practices of international law»...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 06.06.2014


 

Russia-China Shanghai Summit: Undeniable Success

The visit of President Putin to China is over. No doubt is has become an event of historic importance. The Russian and Chinese leaders should know each other better – they have a long way to go strengthening bilateral cooperation. The level of mutual understanding is unprecedented. The prospects for Eurasia are breathtaking being boosted by comprehensive cooperation between Russia and China...

Alexander SALITZKI | 24.05.2014


 

Kiev’s Jumping Jackboots… It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas!

...Russian President Vladimir Putin flies to Shanghai next week. He is expected to sign historic energy deals with Chinese counterpart Xi Xiping on the development of massive gas and oil projects that will make the recalcitrant Ukraine seem like a gadfly. The jackboot arrogance of the Western junta in Kiev wants everything their way. They threaten Russia, attack ethnic Russians with deadly state-sponsored terrorism, and then turn around and refuse to pay up their gas bills. Russia does not need this gadfly irritation. And the puny strutting imposters in Kiev will learn the hard way from the reality of the principles they presume to promulgate. As the Rolling Stones nearly sang: Jumping jackboots, it’s a gas, gas, gas!..

Finian CUNNINGHAM | 18.05.2014


 

Turkey: Gas Deals with Russia, EU Kept Aside

Russia faces new prospects for boosting energy cooperation with other countries. Ankara wants to increase gas supplies delivered through Blue Stream, a major Trans – Black Sea gas pipeline that carries natural gas from Russia straight to Turkey... the Russia-Turkey energy talks won’t be easy. But Turkey has no choice. Ankara believes the European Union’s sanctions policy is doomed to failure, so solidarity with the EU is the last thing on the mind of Turkish politicians...

Mikhail AGHAJANYAN | 03.05.2014


 

Lithuania, Gazprom experts conclude talks on gas price

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South Stream in Heat of Energy Battles (II)

...Half-truths, as everyone knows, are worse than lies. That Russia's independent policy in the energy field is not to Brussels' liking is an undisputed fact. But only if one equates the interests of all 28 member states of the European Union with the corporate interests of the Brussels bureaucracy. For Gunther Oettinger, Jose Manuel Barroso and other euroofficers who are preparing for the Europarliament elections next year, playing the Russian (or anti-Russian, to be more exact) card is essential first and foremost for their own political survival in the structures of the Euroatlantic community...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 25.10.2013




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Western Doublethink on Blind Path to War

...The US-led NATO alliance this week announced that it intends consolidating its military presence in Eastern Europe, the Black Sea and the Baltic states. Ahead of a NATO summit in Wales, NATO secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the setting up of «reactive battalions» along Russia’s border. The contingency would include the eventual placement of ballistic missiles and it builds on recent dispatches of NATO warships and fighter aircraft in the region... Economic sanctions imposed by Washington and its European allies – the latest round announced this week – are applied with the same reckless abandon as NATO build-up. No concrete evidence of alleged Russian malfeasance in Ukraine is produced to validate sanctions or NATO battle plans...

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