Much of the gas, and the oil that Europe uses, is exported by Russia. The closest alternative is offshore oil and gas reserves in Libya and Syria.
Shortly before the Arab spring, Libya declared the entire territory of the Gulf of Sidra the territorial waters of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, raised taxes on Western oil-producing companies and invited a competitor - Russia. How it ended for Muammar Gaddafi, we already know.
Syria has not allowed up to this day any state to its territorial waters to extract oil and gas there. At the same time, in terms of oil and gas reserves on the shelf, this state can climb to fourth place in the world!
According to the head of the Center for Strategic Studies in Damascus, Imad Fawzi al-Shweibi, 14 oil basins are located on the Syrian shelf: “Only four oil fields - from the Lebanese border to the port of Baniyas - can provide a level of production comparable to Kuwaiti indicators,” he said.
A big tidbit for Europe, which makes it possible at the same time to get rid of energy dependence on Russia and at the same time get a solid sum: the large oil basins are not right in the Persian Gulf, but directly at their side.
The situation is downright tragicomic: dozens of wolves (Western democracies and monarchies of the Gulf) with burning eyes of greed have already tied up bibs, picked up knives and forks and prepared to share the prey, when suddenly the Russian bear flew past them, sweeping into the teeth so desired and tasty the booty that cost the “countries of freedom” so much money and effort ...
In my opinion, the decision of the Syrian government to give the Russian company exclusive rights to extract oil and gas is another nail in the coffin of the opposition, probably the sixth in a row.
First drove Russia and China, vetoed the bombing of Syria.
Second the opposition itself has driven in, by its cruelty and frankly terrorist methods, forcing many countries of the world to turn away from themselves.
The third drove into the government of Syria, having managed to rally part of the population and raise it to fight with external and internal enemies.
Fourth - This is the military and financial support of the allies of Russia, China, Iran and Hezbollah.
Fifth the rejection of chemical weapons, which beat out the reason for the United States to launch the bombardment of Syria, bypassing the UN.
What could be the consequences of this agreement between Russia and Syria?
1. Russia is now vitally interested in supporting the Syrian government, not only for political but also for financial reasons - and this is a very weighty argument.
2. Syria, which is in a deep economic crisis, will now be able to pay off all the debts of Russia at the expense of oil, which we will extract.
3. Everything said above means that we can supply them even more now. weapons, even more funds, without damaging their economic interests.
It is also very pleasant to realize that these oil and gas basins are located near our naval base and in the territorial waters of a friendly state.
Of course, the victory of the Assad government and the end of the war is still very far away. But this is another important step, bringing the victory of the Syrian people in the struggle for true independence, freedom and survival.