Pipeline War

The main current task of Washington and Brussels is forcing Russia to preserve gas transit through Ukraine

The question of the extent to which the current unprecedented crisis in relations between Moscow and Kiev is a consequence of the desire of the top leadership of the United States to bring under its control the Ukrainian gas transmission and gas distribution system, is controversial. It is quite possible that these intentions themselves, evidently manifested after the integration of the son of Vice President Joseph Biden into the leadership of the Ukrainian fuel and energy complex, is a consequence of the successful operation to overthrow President Viktor Yanukovych. That is, to respond to what is primary in this case, it is possible with about the same probability as finding out what came to light first: the chicken or the egg.

There is no doubt that the simple fact that the basis of efforts to reduce Europe’s dependence on Gazprom’s supplies, which has been discussed throughout the post-Soviet period, is the desire to weaken Russia. To the level that Ukraine currently demonstrates, or some other, no less sad, is not so important. It is important that at the moment this, among other things, led to a war of pipelines.

Conflict without mysticism

Attention of experts is attracted, as a rule, by the departure of the Crimea from Kiev’s power and its accession to Russia, the escalation of confrontation on other Ukrainian territory to the level of civil war, anti-Russian sanctions of the West, rapprochement of Moscow with Beijing and other important aspects of the restructuring of the Euro-Asian balance of forces. It is from these positions that the relations between the main regional players and external centers of power, including the US, EU, Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India and Pakistan, as well as NATO and the SCO, are considered.

The author had and has to comment on media attempts to identify the similarities and differences between the presidential elections in Ukraine and in Algeria, Egypt, Syria, and Israel, as well as the parliamentary elections in Iraq. There is a feeling that by itself the process of electing the country's leadership, no matter which one, has acquired a mystical, sacral significance. At least judging by the attention that experts pay him. Which is far from the real significance of these choices for the fate of the world. Although for the future of a particular state and its relations with the external environment it is really important who exactly is in power in this or that capital.

Meanwhile, the real economic, geopolitical and military-strategic interests of the great powers, their satellites and allies, as it always has been, are important for them, and democracy, including in Ukraine, is nothing more than a tool to promote their interests. What the current president of the United States is absolutely open and honest about. Fortunately, the desire for populist rhetoric and the ambitions of Barack Hussein Obama make him dot the “i” where his predecessors would most likely prefer to express themselves in disguise.

From all that has been said recently by representatives and the owner of the White House, it can be concluded that its sole purpose is to preserve the hegemony of the United States by any means and at any cost. The main states that, in his opinion, are currently hindering this, are Russia and China. More precisely, until very recently, Washington’s main focus was on Beijing and the problem of its containment as a potential superpower. Russia was not completely written off, but clearly was on the periphery of the American strategy.

This, in particular, is indicated by the choice of candidates for the ambassadors of the United States in Moscow - descendingly, from top-class professional William Burns to indistinct, it is completely incomprehensible what Michael McFaul, who left the post for the resolution of family affairs before the most acute crisis in the US-Russian relations since the cold war. The situation in Syria has shown that Russia must be reckoned with, and clearly caused irritation in Washington about it, expressed, among other things, in a sharply negative attitude towards the Olympic Games in Sochi.

Pipeline War

Andrei Sedykh collage

The author is inclined to believe that the aggravation of the campaign against Yanukovych, which ended with his removal from power, was initiated during the Olympics 2014 in the same scenario, under which the August aggression of Saakashvili in South Ossetia in 2008 was timed to coincide with the summer Games in Beijing. This is reminiscent of the extremely poor arsenal of methods of the modern American leadership.

It is safe to say that no one in this guide could assume all that followed. Neither the US, nor the EU, nor NATO, of course, is going to be drawn into the new “Yugoslavia”, which Ukraine promises to be. Russia is also not eager to succumb to provocations, going to a new "Afghanistan" or "Vietnam." Although a number of Western veteran politicians lost by the United States in the Vietnam War, the most prominent representative of which is Senator John McCain, this would certainly be welcomed.

The militant attack on the Russian embassy in Kiev, the statement by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry about the possibility of breaking diplomatic relations with Moscow, lobbying Kiev in the West for imposing tough sanctions against certain sectors of the Russian economy and an adventure with building fortifications along the border, voiced by oligarch-governor Igor Kolomoisky, are designed to drag in our country in direct armed conflict with a neighboring state. This is reminiscent of the worst provocations of the Cold War, despite the dialogue supported by diplomats and politicians in Russia and the West on the Ukrainian crisis.

At the same time, the military clash between Russia and NATO or even the United States alone due to the development of the situation in Ukraine, whatever it may be, is completely excluded. Washington’s response to the sharpest crisis in Iraq, where troops of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, still operating exclusively in Syria, suddenly captured Mosul, Tikrit and a number of smaller, but strategically important cities in the provinces of Anbar and Ninawa, with the threat of an offensive on Baghdad and Kirkuk, testifies to this.

Despite the threat of Iraq’s disintegration in the very short term and the transformation of this country's Sunni areas into a radical Islamist quasi-state, far more dangerous for the entire BSV region than the Taliban’s Afghanistan, America’s support of at least relative stability or its visibility in the explosive territory of Baghdad have to. He can rely on Tehran rather than Washington.

The states virtually abandoned Nuri al-Maliki, who, despite the ambiguity for Obama of his relationship with Iran and the refusal to support attempts to overthrow President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, was and remains a product of the implementation of the American strategy of democracy promotion in Iraq. It can be guaranteed that for Petro Poroshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleksandr Turchynov the United States will do even less.

Undermining the "South Stream"

It is absolutely clear that the main current task of Washington and Brussels is forcing Russia to preserve the gas transit route to Europe through Ukraine. This means the continuation of direct and indirect financing of its economy at the expense of Moscow, while from a politico-military point of view it will be exclusively in the orbit of Washington and Brussels. Moreover, if the “Nord Stream”, built with considerable difficulties, acts and the transit through it is unrealistic, then the “South Stream” project is torpedoed by the European Commission and the State Department by all possible methods.

This significantly strengthens the role of potential transit countries in the political and economic market: Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey, as well as the countries from which, according to the EU and the United States, can push gas from Russia from the European market: Azerbaijan and post-Soviet The republics of Central Asia - primarily Turkmenistan. Western pressure on Ashgabat and Baku to implement the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline (TCG) project as part of the Southern Gas Corridor in May-June of this year can produce results in the near future.

Resuscitation of European plans to attract natural gas to the EU’s potential supply system to bypass Russia from Iraqi Kurdistan and Iran is also on the agenda, especially given Iran’s outlined dialogue with the United States. It is these plans, and not any concessions to Tehran, that underlie the declared "rapprochement of the parties' positions" at the Six negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

Simply speaking, the West is de facto ready to put up with nuclear Iran, as it once reconciled with India and Pakistan, in exchange for attracting the hydrocarbon resources of this country during the development of the economic war of the West with Russia. With an absolute guarantee Iran will go for this rapprochement. Fortunately, the weakening of economic sanctions, the restoration of exports of oil and petrochemical products, as well as the organization of deliveries of natural gas to the world market are the main tasks of President Hassan Rouhani.

But this direction of diversification of suppliers for Europe, unlike the TCG, can be developed maximum in the medium term. Moreover, in any course of events, Ankara will remain the winner, which greatly enhances the actions of the ruling Justice and Development Party, as well as its leaders, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, on the Turkish domestic policy scene.

Turkey’s role as one of the main transit hubs of the modern global hydrocarbon trade will remain with it, regardless of where the oil and gas will be transported to Europe through its territory. Whether hydrocarbons from Iran or the countries of the Persian Gulf, Northern Iraq or the Caspian Sea, Central Asia or Russia - if the South Stream is to be led to the EU not through the Balkans, but through Turkey, suppliers will not be able to refuse its services. The only alternatives to the Turkish plans are the supply of Russian resources to Europe directly bypassing Ukraine, including through the Crimea, and the Caspian ones - to the east, whether it is China or the Afghan-Pak-Indian direction.

In this regard, it is curious to trace the development of events around Turkmenistan, from which gas (80 billion cubic meters) is currently supplied almost exclusively to China (52%), Russia (24%) and Iran (22%). The development of Turkmen gas exports to China is currently the most likely. On May 31, the Central Asia-China gas pipeline with a length of 1830 kilometers, a design capacity of 25 billion cubic meters of gas per year (10 billion from Turkmenistan, 10 billion from Uzbekistan and 5 billion from Kazakhstan) was commissioned, which began construction in 2012 m Line A and B were commissioned in 2009 and 2010. According to them, 30 billions of cubic meters of natural gas is supplied annually from China to China.

For a long time, Qatar lobbied for the construction of the Trans-Afghan Turkmenistan-Pakistan pipeline (with the prospect of extension to India), guaranteeing its security in Afghan territory, as well as lending to the TAPI project. At the same time, Ankara, which, if this idea is implemented, loses the chance to cooperate with Ashgabat on gas transit to the EU, is actively working to complicate the project. Through the Turkish contingent of ISAF and the “recovery team”, it spreads pan-Turkism among Afghan Turkmen and Uzbeks, and increases its influence “on the ground”.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia deals with the disruption of the Qatari project, proceeding not so much from economic, but from political considerations: the confrontation between Doha and Riyadh has reached the level of direct hostilities that the Islamist groups they support lead by proxy. In Libya, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and other BSV countries, the "Wahhabi tandem" is a mutual struggle for destruction. ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood in this case - the creature of Qatar, the Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups close to Al-Qaeda are supported by Saudi Arabia.

In this regard, special attention should be paid to the Wahhabisation of the north of Afghanistan, which the Saudi emissaries lead from Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif and pointwise in other parts of this zone. From there along the routes of road freight (standard Saudi practice) for several years went and goes the infiltration of the Wahhabi cells in the Turkmen Caspian Sea.

Until very recently, the border between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan was peaceful: Ashkhabad sends food, medicine and school supplies to Afghan Turkmen, Turkmen doctors work in the region, and electricity is supplied there almost free of charge. At the same time, in the spring of 2014, Turkmen border guards were attacked for no reason from Afghan territory, from the provinces of Bagdis and Faryab (possible TAPI construction zones) by representatives of the Salafi jamaats of local Turkmen and suffered personnel losses.

At least two incidents are known. The first attack was made on the night of February 27 by a group of militants of the Taliban movement from the village of Tor Sheikh of the province of Badghis, led by Abdullah Movlavi. The second is 24 in May, a group under the command of Ghulam Destegir Topan from the territory of the province of Faryab. At the same time, the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan ignored the first attack, and recognized the second, expressing protest to Kabul. The only explanation for what is happening is the “hint” to Ashgabat of the need to abandon TAPI in favor of the TAG.

It should be noted that the implementation of this project is complicated by both the harshly negative position of Moscow and Tehran, objecting to the construction of a gas pipeline that runs under the Caspian Sea without the consent of all coastal countries, and the complex personal relationships of Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.

In part, this problem has an objective basis: the conflicts of Baku and Ashgabat over the Kapaz (Serdar), Chirag (Osman) and Azeri (Khazar) deposits have not been completed. In the southern waters of the Caspian Sea, Iran and Azerbaijan dispute the ownership of the Araz oil producing structure - Alov - Sharg.

For a number of years, Turkmenistan has actually sabotaged cooperation with Azerbaijan in the framework of the TAG. However, this spring, the situation changed dramatically under pressure from Turkey, the United States and the EU. The preparation of the agreement on the construction of the TKG itself was carried out with 2011. At the end of 2013, it was transferred to the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

The agreement of details on the announcement of the political part of the agreement on the TAG was held by the top leadership of Turkmenistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan in Turkish Bodrum, at the summit of the Turkic-speaking countries (CCTS). The President of Turkmenistan, who is not a member of this organization, was an honorary guest there.

Discussion of the project will continue at the Central Asian Gas Forum 25 – 26 of June in Almaty. If a political decision is made, the construction contract should be signed on June 29 at the residence of Turkmen President Berdymukhamedov in the Caspian resort of Avaz on his birthday.

EU project TCG is necessary - it is promoted personally by the head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso. Fatema Sumar, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, is currently acting on behalf of the United States in Turkmenistan. The infrastructure for the transfer of gas from the south of Turkmenistan to the coast of the Caspian Sea (the East-West pipeline) will be ready in 2016. The pipe will run from the Galkynysh field in the east to the Belek station in the west of the country.

On the route Tengiz (Kazakhstan) - Turkmenbashi (Turkmenistan) - Baku (Azerbaijan) - Tbilisi (Georgia) - Erzurum (Turkey), it is planned to transport 20 – 30 billion cubic meters of gas annually to EU countries. The Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline is already functioning.

A specific feature of the current moment is lobbying, designed to convince Turkmenistan to abandon gas exports to the PRC in favor of the western direction, by analogy with its refusal to transport gas to Russia through the Caspian gas pipeline running through Kazakhstan. In particular, the Turkish leadership claims that after the conclusion of an agreement on gas supplies between Russia and China to Beijing, Turkmen gas will no longer be needed.

This is extremely far from the truth. Competition in the PRC threatens the Turkmen producer only in the field of pricing even in the case of the construction of the Altai gas pipeline from Western Siberia, which is ambiguously attributed to the leadership of the Russian Federation. Risks associated with the implementation of the Altai project are taken into account by Gazprom and the Russian Ministry of Energy. According to the General Scheme for the development of the gas industry of the Russian Federation, the final decision on it will be made after the feasibility study of the construction.

By 2020, gas consumption in the PRC could exceed 200 billion cubic meters with its own production of 120 billion. That is, China will import about 80 billion cubic meters of gas per year. As a result, gas suppliers from Russia and Central Asia will begin to compete in the Chinese market not with each other, but with LNG producers imported by China from Australia, Indonesia and Qatar.

Be that as it may, the TAG is intended to complicate or torpedo the construction of the Russian South Stream pipeline. The reasons for this are not related to the economy - they lie in a purely political plane. Moreover, lobbying for the TCG project and its preparation began long before the Ukrainian crisis and are in no way connected with it. Rather, this project illustrates the real attitude to cooperation with the Russian Federation on the part of the West, which, using it of necessity, does not miss the opportunity to complicate the situation in both Russia and China.
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  1. +5
    26 June 2014 14: 41
    To survive, it is necessary to firmly defend its position in all areas of relations with the West. Only in this way can one defend one’s sovereignty.
    1. +3
      26 June 2014 14: 55
      Rather, throw all the money for a turn to the East. There is our main future. There are still not busy markets. And the EU can suck its paw or ... USA. Optional.
      1. suomi76
        26 June 2014 15: 17
        Bu ha ha joy and fun. The main future is in competition with the PRC, where 70 percent of the population do not receive pensions, and the industrial worker’s salary is $ 600. You need to start with the abolition of military pensions in general and all others in the above privacy. Immediately we will become an order of magnitude more competitive. We will seize the unoccupied DPRK market, and they will settle accounts with us in that rice that they supply them through the United Nations. I for.
        1. +5
          26 June 2014 17: 09
          We do not care if there are pensions in China or not. The main thing is that they pay money for gas and do not soar our brains. That's all. There is no need for more.
          1. suomi76
            26 June 2014 21: 57
            Duc, but a comrade above said that all forces to the east should be abandoned.
    2. suomi76
      26 June 2014 15: 10
      I congratulate you, you have already survived. And you have defended. Gazprom, to subsidize the construction of the gas pipeline, the power of Siberia suggested raising prices on the domestic market, including for the population. Everything is tough, everything is on the matter, Putin, victory again.
      1. +6
        26 June 2014 15: 31
        Do you feel moral satisfaction by leaving such comments, not only provocative, but also illiterate ?!
        1. suomi76
          26 June 2014 15: 51
          What kind of Tatyana. I’m also thinking of becoming a deputy, I’m training. And then I have no doubt that we are going from victory to victory. This is our Crimea, and so on. And etc. And Putin, Putin, he can only be in two states, either victory or waiting. winkWhat is the provocation absolutely do not understand.
          1. +5
            26 June 2014 16: 24
            Do we know each other?! So do not think, go for it, everything is in your hands, only the dose of poison will have to be reduced, otherwise few people will remain alive around you.
      2. +4
        26 June 2014 17: 24
        Suomi, Gazprom recently received money from China. Look and be surprised at the amount, incl. even recapitalization (which was mentioned by the GDP) is not needed. So your statement is not true that due to the increase in the domestic market.
        China has the largest gold and foreign exchange reserves, many are waiting in line to receive Chinese loans. And the Chinese are calculated, judging by the experience of China-Kazakhstan relations, always on time and in full. China, unlike the West, do not give empty promises. And if they say and sign papers, then they try to comply.
        There was a lot of talk that the Chinese were throwing. I don’t know, but since 1998 I have not been deceived. But Europeans threw my friends. Sometimes I think that Europeans are throwing such a duck (about Chinese scammers).
        At the expense of pipeline competition. In fact. The space of the CIS. Everything is dependent on each other. Oil. Central Asian oil goes through Russia to Europe. On the other hand, the only pipe from Central Asia to China is 70% filled with Russian oil. Gas. The situation is similar. Gas from Central Asia to Europe goes through Russia. Gas from Central Asia goes to China through the XUAR, while Russian gas goes much closer to the coast. I think that if the Russian Federation unites the western and future eastern pipeline infrastructure, the Central Asian countries and Kazakhstan will be only happy. So only by joint efforts on energy flows we will not only be competitive, but also squeeze out competitors. In terms of joint reserves and capabilities of the Russian Federation + Central Asia + Kazakhstan, many will give odds. I don’t know for sure, but I read that in the near future a recession will begin in Azerbaijan (after all, many deposits have long been exploited). It affects the geographical location and scale. You must admit that neither Qatar nor Iran have such advantages. Whatever stocks they possess. Iran already understands this and recently stated that it wants to go with its gas to Europe, but does not want to compete with Gazprom. What does it mean? Take a look at the map. It is enough to throw a branch from Iran to Turkmenistan and ... Iranian gas in the pipeline of Gazprom. In another way: build your pipe through several countries with the corresponding risks of transit and construction. It is better to sell liquefied gas to Asia, where prices are better and a long-term contract can be obtained. hi
        1. Argyn-suindyk
          26 June 2014 18: 16
          The fun part will begin soon! At that moment, when the west launches its shale pipeline (which is more expensive for any), Gazprom will announce a reduction in its prices due to the cost reserve, because no one takes into account that built in Europe during the USSR! This will be full JOPA!
        2. suomi76
          26 June 2014 21: 25
          I am quoting Viktor Alekseevich Zubkov, Kasym: “The proposal to raise prices on the domestic Russian market so that they exceed the inflation growth by 3-4 pp may be one of the measures of state support for the construction of Power of Siberia.
          Like this on ... Know our bourgeoisie. Let’s throw the whole country on our dreams come true.
          But the Hulk does not want to throw it off. Well, Hulk, all the same, is an excellent football player, but even Andrei Sergeyevich Arshavin, who stupidly polishes his bench with his fifth point for a lot of money for a year, and he will send such an idea on. And who pays the whole banquet, dear Russians?
          That's right, the same OAO gazmyas, well, which asks for state support at the expense of the population. Well done, I also want to.
      3. +1
        26 June 2014 18: 53
        you cannot even write in Russian, and the translator translates poorly. Learn Russian
        1. Argyn-suindyk
          26 June 2014 19: 03
          Quote: woron333444
          you cannot even write in Russian, and the translator translates poorly. Learn Russian

          Actually, JOPA is supposed to be west. Drop the complexes and do not poke!
        2. suomi76
          26 June 2014 21: 41
          Well, I’m dragging in Russian better than you are in suomi, but a syrozha. Learn languages ​​broadens your horizons.
      4. +2
        26 June 2014 19: 14
        Gazprom has proposed, but decides to raise or not someone else. And it is not a fact that this someone will approve the price increase.
        So while Comrade Finn, you fart in a puddle.
        1. suomi76
          26 June 2014 21: 51
          Yes, the tsar will give a good bar to the bars. As a matter of fact, since 1961 the truth has been hiding the truth from the people. wink
          Suomi is half, my mother is Russian. I served in the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation urgently, I really know how to use foul language at 96. So I belong to the Russian world. You tamed me, you listen to me. I work by the way in St. Petersburg now.
    3. +3
      26 June 2014 15: 41
      Hmm ... The West will not do anything at a LOSS ... Confirmation of SIGNING the contract South Stream !!! And seeing the instability of supplies because of Ukraine ... We decided to force CONSTRUCTION !!! The current that isolation according to the American scenario-FAILED !!! And the statements MAY BE THE MASS ... THE MAIN MATTER !!!
    4. +1
      26 June 2014 18: 11
      Quote: Thought Giant
      it is necessary to firmly defend their positions

      Yes sir!
      For example, with countries that are slowing down the South Stream, even under pressure from the United States, etc., to freeze "quietly" economic relations. First of all, it is Ukraine itself, where the awesome svidomites and shchyry must mature without work and money.
      The "Antonovites" were rushing about ... They started late, gentlemen, aircraft builders.
      Do not want to accept the South Stream?
      Agree on a route through the Crimea and the sea to the western border of Turkey. And from there to supply Turkey in part, and Bulgaria, a little more expensive, transit is longer, and Moldova and Romania go a little, and Greece, and in the future, possibly Italy.
      Or let the land plot be built on the territory of the EU by the Austrians, and own it (with 25% of the blocking stake in Gazprom wink ) Anyway, it connects to the sea with a gas pipeline from Russia. Yes
      I think that the option can be found. After all, in the 60s America stinked against the construction of gas pipelines from Siberia.
  2. +6
    26 June 2014 14: 48
    The USA has been putting sticks in wheels all our lives. And the development of military-economic relations with China, India, Vietnam and other Asian countries RUSSIA is very beneficial. good soldier
  3. +3
    26 June 2014 14: 50
    Yes, and with Gas the same need not be shy, turn off in response to sanctions.
    1. +3
      26 June 2014 15: 09
      Ie - "gas weapon" to use? But this is both a business and a good income of the state ... For non-payment it is necessary to turn off not trickery and immediately, but if they pay, then somehow it is not ...
  4. +1
    26 June 2014 14: 53
    well, the article is correct, but the conclusions aren’t completely drawn up - and then what? and that’s all clear for so long ...
  5. johnsnz
    26 June 2014 15: 11
    And in general, you give Venezuelan gasoline at $ 0,05 per liter!
    1. +3
      26 June 2014 15: 45
      In Venezuela ... - easily !!!
  6. +3
    26 June 2014 15: 20
    Which recalls the extremely meager arsenal of methods of modern American leadership.

    All recent events in the world only talk about this. The guys really got overwhelmed by the same scenarios. Not only Stanislavsky, but the whole world in one voice says: "I do not believe." But the Americans cannot oppose anything.
    I like the fact that Russia is now positioning itself as an independent and self-sufficient country. whatever efforts are now being made to preserve the Ukrainian pipe, she persistently and consistently pursues the idea of ​​the South Stream. Europe will appreciate these efforts over time, but will also take it for granted. It will just be a good mine for a bad game.
    They don’t want to, take God away. Soon gas supplies to China will begin, Japan strongly wanted to stick to this pipe, India last week asked to consider extending the gas pipeline to its territory.
    These are countries with human potential incomparable with Europe.
    Well, Europe can be offered Qatari gas at $ 600 per thousand cubic meters. Poland was also rearing up against Russian gas prices and decided to diversify flows. Prices from Qatar please her pleasantly. To such an extent that they asked to make a small branch from the Nord Stream towards Poland. But initially she was categorically against this project. You can continue indefinitely.
    1. +1
      26 June 2014 20: 23
      Quote: Iline
      Well, Europe can be offered Qatari gas at $ 600 per thousand cubic meters. Poland was also rearing up against Russian gas prices and decided to diversify flows. Prices from Qatar please her pleasantly. To such an extent that they asked to make a small branch from the Nord Stream towards Poland. But initially she was categorically against this project. You can continue indefinitely.

      Yes, everything is not so simple there. The southern stream is here - take it and build. An alternative from Baku takes place in such a turbulent area that it is not yet clear how it will be !!!
      They tried to advertise Nabuko, they threatened Russia, and when they began to really calculate the cost and it exceeded 25 billion greens - all customers were sulking right away, no one wants to pay !!!
  7. kola belly
    26 June 2014 15: 48
    Russia for Putin, who changed direction "TO THE EAST".
    1. 0
      26 June 2014 21: 16
      Quote: kola beldy
      Russia for Putin, who changed direction "TO THE EAST".

  8. +4
    26 June 2014 16: 51
    Quote: kola beldy
    Russia for Putin, who changed direction "TO THE EAST".

    Your inferiority complex touches and amuses me ...
    Envy is not a good feeling.
  9. +1
    26 June 2014 17: 32
    The main current task of Washington and Brussels is forcing Russia to preserve gas transit through Ukraine

    But Mrs. PSAKI said that the gas is coming from Ukraine:

  10. 0
    26 June 2014 17: 36
    Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are not so stupid to be close friends with the West, remember how it ends. In general, I don’t understand the gay people, let them directly declare that they will not buy our gas, and let them buy wherever they want. But no, they stubbornly continue to buy our gas and at the same time DO NOT WANT to buy it! I do not understand this logic.
    1. +2
      26 June 2014 18: 25
      Quote: Rigla
      I do not understand this logic.

      The only logic here is that Russia does not get stronger and does not affect anything. If any Kuwait or Turkmenistan gets stronger, there is nothing to worry about. They will buy golden toilet bowls for Turkmenbashi or sky-high skyscrapers like in Kuwait. In Russia, at least, they will try to build rockets and develop technology. And just by weight is already a competitor if we are strong. They don’t want to, they are afraid that in general they will have to reckon with someone. In my opinion, the only logic.
  11. kenor
    26 June 2014 20: 51
    thoughtfully ... TKG speak? and what prevents it from being systematically eliminated, say during the destruction of bandit groups in the territory of proud Georgia? International law? No, they haven’t heard of this. In the world now there is only one right - the right of the strong, to be weak - an impermissible luxury.
  12. +1
    27 June 2014 00: 12
    I can’t resist just a small comment “if Russia is not given the opportunity to supply hydrocarbons to Europe bypassing Ukraine, then Donbass will not be seen with a very large supply of shale gas as our ears to Ukraine and the Americans” but if the West gives Russia the opportunity to trade gas, then I will even predict I'm afraid what will happen to Donbass say nonsense yes no not nonsense my family refugees
  13. Khalmamed
    27 June 2014 05: 52
    Quote: Giant thought
    To survive, it is necessary to firmly defend its position in all areas of relations with the West. Only in this way can one defend one’s sovereignty.

    ..... in principle, YES !, but it is difficult to stand on YOUR own when behind the rat's rear.
    ..... as the experience of the "Nest Plan" shows the GDP - the blow of the schizophrenic evil spirits will be the GDP "redirected".
    ..... practically ALL gas-producing COUNTRIES themselves SEE as Satanastan slandering in consequence of his own "allies-country slaves" organizes them a civil war.
    ..... I think that ALL Presidents of these countries do not want to lose their Countries and Their POWER (examples of IM were shown by the same Satanastan).
  14. Evgtan
    27 June 2014 06: 04
    If gas is supplied to Ukraine for free, then Ukrainians will require surcharge.

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