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"South Stream" and the impotence of the European Union

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"South Stream" and the impotence of the European UnionDespite the growing opposition from the United States and the European Commission, the Russian project to build the South Stream gas pipeline is being carried out as planned. Now the main preparatory work is being carried out on the pipeline section passing through the Black Sea. Next year, construction will begin on a section passing through the territory of Hungary.

Taking the project to full capacity - 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year - is expected in 2018. This is more than a third of the volume of gas supplied by Russia to Europe today. In 2013, Gazprom’s supply to European partners amounted to 162,7 billion cubic meters of natural gas. According to Gazprom’s Chairman of the Board Alexey Miller, this is the maximum value history Russian and Soviet gas industry. " The share of Gazprom in the European market is currently reaching over 30% in gas consumption and 64% in gas imports. The Russian company is the number one European supplier.

For comparison: the sensational, but not accomplished, gas project of the European Union Nabucco initially envisaged deliveries to Europe bypassing Russia of 26-32 billion cubic meters of gas per year, that is, two times less than South Stream can provide. And even such volumes to the initiators of the Nabucco project were not under force. During 2012-13, the Hungarian company MOL, the German energy company RWE, and the international consortium for the development of the Azerbaijani gas field Shah-Deniz consistently left the project. And in June, 2013, the Austrian gas company OMV Gas GmbH, who led the construction consortium Nabucco, officially announced the cancellation of the project.

Now the attention of the European Commission has shifted to the construction of the TAP gas pipeline, through which gas from the Caspian fields must pass through Greece and Albania to Italy. However, its planned capacity is even lower than that of Nabucco. The failure of the Nabucco project has become a strong argument in favor of the lack of alternative cooperation with Russia in the gas sector. “Nabucco will not be built. After ten years of hesitation, and especially in the light of the situation in Ukraine, we are forced to act. This is a necessity, ”said Andras Aradsky, secretary of the government of Hungary on energy issues. “We will implement this project because we are convinced that it will significantly increase the security of gas supplies to Central Europe, and we believe that South Stream is of European interest,” said Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto.

Having failed in economic competition with Russia in the field of gas transportation, the European Union is now trying to block projects of a more successful competitor by political means. The stake was made to force the European countries participating in the South Stream to refuse to fulfill intergovernmental agreements with Russia under the pretext of the need to comply with the provisions of the Third EU Energy Package, which provides for the separation of gas sales and transportation business. However, the provisions of the Third Package were developed in 2009 year, after the conclusion of the intergovernmental agreements on South Stream. Brussels, contrary to the generally accepted international legal norm, is trying to give these provisions retroactive force.

Even from Serbia, which is one of the key participants in the South Stream project, but is not part of the European Union, they demand to suspend participation in the Russian project. . The construction of the South Stream was one of the main topics at the recent talks in Belgrade between the Foreign Ministers of Serbia and Hungary Ivica Dacic and Peter Siyarto. And the parties unequivocally stated that the construction of this pipeline is of "common interest for the whole of Europe."

By blocking the construction of the “South Stream”, the European Commission actually invites Europeans to remain hostage to the transit of gas through Ukraine with its political chaos, financial inconsistency and civil war. They are pushing the United States to do this ... To compromise relations between Brussels and Moscow is one of the key points of the American geo-strategy. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban bluntly states that Washington is putting pressure on his country because of cooperation with Russia in energy issues, “for fear of rapprochement between Moscow and Budapest”. Claudio Descalzi, General Manager of the Italian ENI concern, during a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller on November 24, assessing the significance of the South Stream gas pipeline, confirmed that the creation of new supply routes would provide European consumers with the required gas volumes for the long term.

Brussels, however, continues to undermine its own energy security in favor of geopolitical plans of overseas origin.
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  1. herruvim
    herruvim 28 November 2014 18: 18
    +7
    South Stream to be and point
    1. Giant thought
      Giant thought 28 November 2014 18: 26
      +14
      As Ukraine begins to steal gas in large volumes, so the case with the South Stream will go faster, the gay men are not used to freezing in their apartments in the winter.
      1. vsoltan
        vsoltan 28 November 2014 19: 16
        +4
        giant of thought

        As always, briefly, and in this case - essentially. Respect! hi
      2. Alex K
        Alex K 29 November 2014 23: 05
        0
        Most likely, the frost in the apartments of Europeans will slightly sober up their views on the situation in Ukraine. ))) As for heating and utilities, Europeans think every penny.
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    3. Denis fj
      Denis fj 28 November 2014 18: 49
      +4
      When the right hand does not know what the hind leg is doing. But after listening to the Lithuanians, Latvians, etc., you understand that the degradation of the EU directly depends on the number of stars on its flag. The more countries that are mentally degraded will be admitted to the EU, the greater the level of idiocy in EU politics.
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    5. siberalt
      siberalt 28 November 2014 20: 05
      +5
      Siluanov told them that we can not build the South Stream, we will sell gas to China and we will not stay in the loser. Now all responsibility for possible short deliveries through Ukraine lies entirely with the EU.
  2. zao74
    zao74 28 November 2014 18: 20
    +3
    By blocking the construction of the South Stream, the European Commission actually offers Europeans to continue to be hostages of gas transit through Ukraine with its political chaos, financial insolvency and civil war. The United States is pushing this ... To compromise relations between Brussels and Moscow is one of the key points of the American geostrategy.
    When Europe begins to think with its head the hegemony of amers, the end will come ... if only it begins.
    1. Finches
      Finches 28 November 2014 18: 38
      +9
      When will our military units return to Europe! If it weren’t for Gorbachev’s betrayal, now there would be peace in Ukraine, Georgia would not have 08.08., And Merkel would not have much health to take on when our tanks would stand on Friedrehstrasse ...!
  3. Alexa77
    Alexa77 28 November 2014 18: 23
    +3
    It is scary to imagine how many countries will break away from choral singing under the guidance of the EU and Amer and will think independently)))
  4. Karabas
    Karabas 28 November 2014 18: 24
    +3
    To spite the conductor, buy a ticket, go on foot!
  5. den3080
    den3080 28 November 2014 18: 24
    +2
    It reminds me of Stepa Likhodeev from The Master and Margarita.

    Styopa tried to remember something, but only one thing was recalled - that, it seems yesterday and no one knows where, he stood with a napkin in his hand and tried to kiss some lady, and he promised her that the next day, and exactly at noon, he would come to visit her. The lady refused this, saying: "No, no, I will not be at home!" - and Styopa stubbornly insisted on his own: "But I'll take it and I'll come!"


    ))
  6. Kovlad
    Kovlad 28 November 2014 18: 28
    0
    By blocking the construction of the South Stream, the European Commission actually offers Europeans to continue to be hostages of gas transit through Ukraine with its political chaos, financial insolvency and civil war.

    herruvim (2) SU Today, 18:18 PM New
    South Stream to be and point

    You and I do not make decisions, to be or to be, as well as the eternal "what to do", let's hope for the prudence of European officials and "others" interested in the successful implementation of the project.
    1. ermolai
      ermolai 29 November 2014 11: 23
      0
      Quote: Kovlad
      Let's hope for the prudence of European officials and "others" interested in the successful implementation of the project.

      so they wait for rollback. and immediately become reasonable.
  7. Balamyt
    Balamyt 28 November 2014 18: 29
    +5
    Americans won't just give up! Be healthy how many sticks are stuck in the wheels! Built by "Yu.P." this is the harbinger of the complete collapse of the American policy in Europe!
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 29 November 2014 01: 36
      0
      Quote: Balamyt
      Built by "Yu.P." this is a harbinger of the complete collapse of the American policy in Europe!


      A harbinger of big losses for shale oil producers in the USA is the decline in the cost of traditional oil and the emirates' reluctance to reduce production. The cost of shale oil is $ 95-96 per barrel (it’s more expensive to transport somewhere, it is impossible to stop production - the well is clogged, and there is an oversupply in the domestic market). So that star-striped started this hopak in vain. Byzantinism does not lead to good. hi
    2. ermolai
      ermolai 29 November 2014 11: 25
      +1
      Quote: Balamyt
      Stick on the wheels stuck be healthy how much!

      improperly inserted stick hits teeth and hands
  8. avvg
    avvg 28 November 2014 18: 40
    +2
    The Europeans understand the benefits of South Stream, while at the same time they understand as a result of the disobedience of the "BIG BROTHER" in the person of European officials, they will have "Color Revolutions".
  9. Denis fj
    Denis fj 28 November 2014 18: 50
    +2
    We can also say openly and frankly! Sorry, forgot the people of Holodt ask what, how and where to build ...

    What thread do you know about the Russian-Chinese energy treaties? Well done, then I think in the know that soon we will be able to afford not to ship anything to Europe ... then - in the coming winter, I think the conversation will be much more constructive laughing
  10. andrei332809
    andrei332809 28 November 2014 18: 52
    +2
    superfluous confirmation that only fagots have dug in the europolitomond
    1. Penelope
      Penelope 28 November 2014 19: 16
      +1
      Everything will be fine, just a little bit and everything will settle down.
  11. den3080
    den3080 28 November 2014 19: 09
    +2
    I do not quite understand. Can someone explain?
    Right now, the points of delivery of gas to European buyers are located on the border of Ukraine, that is, there "Gazprom" transfers gas to Europe.
    Why not move the "points of delivery" to the Russian-Ukrainian border?
    Pros are:
    1. Russia does not pay for gas transit through Ukraine.
    2. It is clear immediately how much Ukraine stole gas.
    3. No need to spend billions of dollars to build South Stream. You can let them into more creative things inside Russia.

    There is only one real minus:
    1. The loss of political influence in Ukraine. But this has nothing to do with commerce and profit.
    Yes, and Ukraine and Europe can not resist the influence, at least looking at the Donbass today.

    There is one more disadvantage of transferring "drop points" smile :
    1. Cloudy water will disappear (in the form of storage, process gas for pumping, etc.) in which, in my opinion, all individuals close to the gas feeder have historically been fishing.
    Moreover, these "faces" are mostly on the Russian side, although there is a crowd of Ukrainians there, I think so.
    And they do not care about Donbass and pravosekov and all sorts of other "little things". The main thing is the fullness of your personal pocket.

    So which of these minuses should really be at number 1? Or do I understand nothing at all? Explain who can.
    1. quote
      quote 28 November 2014 21: 17
      +3
      Why not move the "points of delivery" to the Russian-Ukrainian border?
      So this is what the United States is seeking together with Ukraine !!!! To make the geyropu dependent on energy and drive shale gas, since Russian gas will become more expensive due to transit !!!! The gas pipeline has been sold !!!
      What are you talking about ???
    2. Dym71
      Dym71 28 November 2014 21: 31
      +2
      Quote: den3080
      Why not move the "points of delivery" to the Russian-Ukrainian border?
      Pros are:
      1. Russia does not pay for gas transit through Ukraine.
      2. It is clear immediately how much Ukraine stole gas.
      3. No need to spend billions of dollars to build South Stream. You can let them into more creative things inside Russia.


      Under item 1 - transit is included in the gas price for the EU. (Transportation costs)
      under point 2 - one counter on our border, the other on the border of the EU and Ukraine, everything is clear by the difference in readings.
      on point 3 - it is profitable to launch South Stream, because they have been stealing, they are stealing and they will steal.
    3. andj61
      andj61 28 November 2014 21: 42
      0
      Now Gazprom and its partners are selling gas to Europe themselves, but then they will need to sell it to someone else.
      In general, the way you offer us, in my opinion, will be easier. But this operation will completely tear Ukraine away from Russia and make it completely dependent on Europe, or the United States, depending on who owns the Ukrainian gas transportation system and who will buy gas on the Russian-Ukrainian border.
  12. A1L9E4K9S
    A1L9E4K9S 28 November 2014 19: 25
    +2
    Quote: den3080
    Why not move the "points of delivery" to the Russian-Ukrainian border?


    Moreover, one and a half thousand kilometers of the Russian gas pipeline through Ukraine are nationalized by Dill.
  13. SHOCK.
    SHOCK. 28 November 2014 19: 30
    +2
    It is very gratifying that among this European herd of idiots, there are still smart pragmatists who are not afraid to say that their shirt is nevertheless closer to the body, Mr. Obama.
  14. s.melioxin
    s.melioxin 28 November 2014 19: 40
    0
    Brussels, however, continues to undermine its own energy security for the sake of geopolitical plans of transatlantic origin.
    In fact, a bunch of "fat, self-satisfied, well-fed" bureaucrats want to control everything and everyone. How not to overstrain. Which is more and more like this.
  15. Stinger
    Stinger 28 November 2014 19: 47
    0
    A normal person cannot understand the persistence with which potential consumers resist this gas pipeline. The resistance of the crazy Balts and Poles to the northern stream was understandable. Not far away from dill. But to the south ... There are no political conditions related to supplies. This is a state style. You will do this and that (for example, you will place elements of a missile defense system), I will give a candy, no - you will get sanctions instead of candy. There has never been a supply disruption.
  16. 3vs
    3vs 28 November 2014 20: 17
    +1
    Something of the Bulgarian brothers on this topic is not visible, but this concerns them. smile
    1. Gado
      Gado 29 November 2014 14: 03
      +2
      But we were silent before the weight of facts and grave criticism of the Russians.
      But seriously - everything is written in the article, we are also told everything, the reasons for the EU’s perseverance are clear, we can’t do anything stupid.
      1. 3vs
        3vs 29 November 2014 22: 28
        0
        What are the facts?
        Enough, probably, to blame everything and blame it on someone!
        South Stream is beneficial to all interested parties and Russia, as
        supplier and consumer countries, including Bulgaria.
  17. Akulina
    Akulina 28 November 2014 21: 05
    0
    The fact that the construction of the South Stream is taking its course is a good sign - this suggests that normal people understand very well that in a year or two from Ukraine there will remain a pure field, or a walk-field. And Europe will no longer receive any gas from there.
  18. Tribuns
    Tribuns 28 November 2014 21: 24
    +3
    With the commissioning of South Stream, in addition to South Stream, there will be no need for the Ukrainian gas transmission system (GTS), pumping gas from Russia to Europe ... At the same time, Ukraine will lose decent money for the transit of Russian gas through its GTS. And, this is another "uppercut" for the impoverished Ukraine ... And, finally, the "Ukrainian negative on gas" will stop: gas theft, blackmailing the ban on gas transit, endless trade negotiations on the price of gas for Ukraine ... And the GTS itself will become unnecessary iron junk without funds for its repair and modernization ... and will rust until it is completely out of order ...
  19. usinsk 71
    usinsk 71 28 November 2014 22: 20
    +1
    South Stream is an advancing game. In this situation, we need it like air. An archival project for our country.
  20. persei
    persei 28 November 2014 22: 55
    +2
    Brussels, however, continues to undermine its own energy security in favor of geopolitical plans of overseas origin.

    Belgium, what is the gas flowing through the northern stream? Most likely ... but

    Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt proposes to make his country the center of distribution of Russian natural gas in Europe. He stated this during a working visit to Russia, RSN reports.

    Belgium intends to increase purchases of Russian gas, which today make up only 5% of the total volume of this fuel consumed in the country. So far, Qatar is the main gas supplier to Belgium. Belgium buys gas from Norway.

    During a meeting with the Belgian Prime Minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country and Belgium could build a large storage facility for transporting gas to third countries. “We can implement a very useful project not only for our country, but for the whole of Europe. This is the construction of a fairly large gas storage facility with the possibility of delivering gas to third countries, including the UK, using the transport systems that exist in Europe and which naturally begin from Belgium, ”Putin said.


    What is Belgium guided by in prohibiting the construction of the South Stream? Only for personal benefit. She is provided with gas from Norway, Qatar
  21. semmish
    semmish 28 November 2014 23: 56
    0
    But look from the other side.
    Who is interested
    http://uainfo.org/blognews/439080-prostye-prichiny-voyny-na-donbasse.html
    And where is the truth? Except Putin is to blame for everything, I couldn’t come up with another.
  22. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 29 November 2014 03: 15
    0
    Brussels, however, continues to undermine its own energy security in favor of geopolitical plans of overseas origin.

    Like and do not comment. I will add that the winter of 2014-2015. make the EU think about its own people and finally give an impetus to the understanding that Ukraine is a huge waste of money for Europe.
  23. Kozma
    Kozma 29 November 2014 16: 32
    0
    By blocking the construction of the South Stream, the European Commission actually offers Europeans to continue to be held hostage by gas transit through Ukraine with its political chaos, financial insolvency and civil war. The US is pushing this ...

    Panopticon of idiots - suicides ...
  24. Anchonsha
    Anchonsha 30 November 2014 14: 18
    0
    POLITICS AND POLITICS, BUT NOT GAYROPEAN, BUT AMERICAN. As the state libegals always say, when Russia in some way does not agree with the West, that it is better to freeze my ears. This is where the geyrope acts in this way along the South Stream, not in the interests of the geyrope, but the United States.