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Who Is Betraying Eastern Europe?

The recent agreement between Russia and the European Union over the terms of the «winter package» of gas shipments to Ukraine provides a certain window of opportunity to the countries of Central and Southeastern Europe. In this new environment they will be able to draft a wider range of projects for transporting Russian gas, to serve both their own needs as well as for further transit into the EU, and also coordinate those projects with each other, as well as with Moscow and Brussels...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 25.09.2015


Hand of Moscow and West’s Balkan Policy

Russia’s international clout is growing. The country is adamant in its desire to counter the attempts of the United States and the European Union to impose on other nations political, ideological and cultural models that are detrimental to their national interests. It raises concern among Western politicians and media...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 09.09.2015


Russia has enough gas for everyone

The June 26 speech by Alexey Miller, the chairman of the board of Gazprom, at the annual general meeting of shareholders proved to be a cold shower for all those who hoped that Russia would pull out of Europe’s gas markets. Despite the fact that much of his report was devoted to Gazprom’s operations in the Russian Far East, the data Miller provided confirmed that Russian gas will not be squeezed out of Europe’s energy balance. Moreover, in the coming years Russian gas supplies will continue to play a steadily larger role in ensuring European energy security...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 04.07.2015


Do you have a plan, Mr. Vučić?

«Do I have a plan? I have three whole plans!» once declared the hero of a popular animated series based on a work by Jules Verne. And it would be worth asking the same question to all those involved in the global energy games. Russia and Turkey definitely have more than one plan regarding the transportation of energy resources. Their plans are being developed increasingly actively and are being pushed forward by Central European countries headed by Slovakia. And what about Serbia? Does Aleksandar Vučić’s government (which bought 1.5 billion cubic metres of gas from Gazprom in 2014, more than any other former Yugoslav republic put together) have any kind of independent and thought-out plan besides the appeals ringing out, with or without reason, to its «American friends»? Or are the Serbian authorities actually preparing a secret channel for tankers with liquefied natural gas to get to Belgrade?..

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 21.06.2015


Gasprom Can Put the Relations with Europe on Hold

The dialogue on gas issues between Russia and Europe is in deadlock... At the present moment, everything depends on Europe... The South Stream experience should teach Europeans a lesson. Gasprom inserted changes into its policy. The following comments regarding the move in December 2014 by Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller clearly showed this shift: «The principle of our strategy in relation to the European market is changing... If the buyer doesn’t want the purchase to be delivered home, perhaps he needs to get dressed and go to the store; if it happens in winter, perhaps he needs to get dressed more warmly»...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 24.04.2015


Russian Gas and European Interests

Europe is running low on time. It has yet to create the infrastructure for transit of Russian gas from Turkey. Speaking at the Valdai Club conference on European energy security in Berlin on April 13, Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said the European infrastructure for accepting deliveries of Russian gas through Turkish Stream should be in place by 2019. Joining Miller, Russian Economy Minister Alexander Novak added that «the [transit] contract [with Ukraine] is in force until the end of 2019»... He also said that Gazprom has no need to discuss Turkish Stream’s leg under the Black Sea with its European partners. Europe has to define its priorities in energy and it has a limited choice...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 17.04.2015


Balkans and Geography of Turkish Stream

Russia's Stroytransgaz has announced that it will build a gas pipeline across (FYR) Macedonia... The importance of the pipeline going across Macedonia is immense. It will become the key component of all-Balkans energy system linked to the Russia-Turkey joint Turkish Stream project on the construction of gas route leading to Central and South Europe... Gasprom and its Turkish partners want to finish the construction as early as they can...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 21.03.2015


Turkey and Gazprom. The geopolitics of pipelines

...The year 2019, when Russian gas will bypass Ukraine and go through Turkey, will be here soon. Somewhere that is well understood. In particular, in Hungary. The prime minister of that country, Viktor Orban, stated that anti-Russian sanctions «were in conflict with Hungary’s interests,» and that he intends, in his words, «to come to terms with Russia on a gas agreement» during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest. Putin arrives in the Hungarian capital on February 17th. 

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 04.02.2015


EU Energy Crisis: Russia Cuts Off Gas Supplies through Ukraine To Six European Countries

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations,  according to The Daily Mail,  that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.”

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 15.01.2015


Ukraine Dips Into Dwindling Reserves To Pay Gazprom

The money has to come from somewhere. Ukraine will pay Russian natural gas company Gazprom the roughly $4.5 billion it owes in late payments from cash it has piling up in an already dwindling foreign reserve account, the National Bank of Ukraine said on Monday. Ukraine’s economy is once again on crisis footing. Earlier this year, it reached a deal for a $17.01 billion bailout package with the International Monetary Fund. That’s more than the country has in foreign reserves, which stood at just $16.3 billion in September, according to the IMF.

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 04.11.2014

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    Wayne MADSEN

Obama’s Jihadist Actions and Beliefs Can No Longer be Ignored

There is no other explanation. After years of rumors that President Obama was indoctrinated into jihadist Islamist beliefs while attending a madrassa as a youth in Jakarta, Indonesia; while working with mujaheddin forces in Pakistan while a college student; and while a «community organizer» in Black Muslim-heavy south Chicago, the president's siding with the Islamist president of Turkey against primarily Russian Orthodox Russia means that Obama supports jihadism over moderation and Christianity in the Middle East and elsewhere...

Aeroflot AFISMA African Union Africom AIIB AIPAC Al Qaeda Al Shabaab Al-Jazeera ALBA Amnesty International Anonymous Ansar Allah APEC Arab League ASEAN ATAKA Atomstroyexport Bank for International Settlements Bank of America Barclays Basel Committee BBC Bilderberg Club Black Bloc BlackRock Blackwater BND Boco Haram BP BRICS CARICOM CELAC Center for Responsive Politics CEPAL Chatham House Chevron CIA CICA CIS Citigroup CNN Committee of 147 Committee of 300 Council of Europe Council on Foreign Relations Crescent Crescent Petroleum CSTO Customs Union CyberBerkut DARPA Davos DEA Defense Intelligence Agency DIA Dragon Family E.ON Eager Lion ECOWAS EDA ELNET Enbridge Pipelines ETA EU EULEX EurAsEc Eurasian Union European Commission European Court of Human Rights European Union Exxon Mobil Facebook FAO FARC FATAH FBI FDA Federal Reserve FIFA Financial Action Task Force Financial Stability Board Fitch FIVE EYES Franklin Templeton Freedom House FRS FSB FTA FUEN G-4 G20 G7 G8 GATA Gazprom GCHQ GECF Gladio Glonass Goldman Sachs Google Green Group Greenpeace GUAM Guardian Gulf Cooperation Council Hague Tribunal HAMAS Heritage Foundation Hezbollah Hizb ut-Tahrir Hollywood HSBC Human Rights Watch IAEA IEA IHRC IMF International Criminal Court Interpol IOC ISAF Islamic jihad Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ITERA Jamestown Jobbik JP Morgan Jundullah KFOR KLA Ku Klux Klan Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Lukoil Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mercosur Microsoft Missile defense Missile Defense Agency Monsanto Moody's Morgan Stanley Mossad Most-Favoured Nation Mujahedin-e Khalq Muslim Brotherhood Nabucco NAFTA Naftogaz NASA Nation of Islam National Security Agency NATO NDAA NDI NED Non-aligned Movement NORAD Nord Stream NORTHCOM Northern Distribution Network NSA OECD Oerlikon OIC OPCW OPEC Open Government Partnership Organization of American States OSCE OTW movement OUN / UPA PACE PACOM Pan-Europa movement Pegida Pentagon PJAK PKK Podemos PRISM PYD Red Cross Renova Republican Party Rosatom Roscosmos Rosneft Rosoboronexport Ruhrgas RusAl RWE SABSA Scientology Shanghai Cooperation Organization Shell Siemens South Stream Southern Command Standard & Poor's Statoil Strategic Nuclear Forces Stratfor SWF SWIFT Syrian National Council SYRIZA Taliban Tamarod TAPI TeleSur TNK-BP Total Trans-Pacific Partnership Transneft TTIP TTP Turkish Stream Twitter UN UN International Court UNASUR UNESCO UNICEF USAID Valdai Club Visegrad Group Volkswagen Wall Street Westinghouse WHO Wikileaks World Bank WTO Yukos “Mass Atrocity Response Operations”

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