EU invites Russia to "put up with" and "not to put a speck in the wheels" in the Caspian Sea

EU invites Russia to "put up with" and "not to put a speck in the wheels" in the Caspian Sea The European Union (EU) asks the Russian Federation not to interfere with the implementation of the Nabucco gas transmission project (this is an 3300 km gas pipeline from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan to EU countries). The European Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger, made a statement on this, Deutsche Welle reported. The European Union advises Russia not to try to hinder the Nabucco project with the help of its “expensive gas pipeline” South Stream.


The European Commissioner recalled that the Nabucco gas pipeline, along with other smaller projects - the Trans-Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP), the Turkey-Greece-Italy Interconnector (ITGI) project, is part of the Southern Corridor system. These projects provide for the supply of natural gas through the already existing transport systems of Turkey, but they also require a number of innovations, for example, laying of new underwater and land gas pipelines. Gunter Oettinger said that the main strategic issues for the Southern Corridor will be resolved by the end of 2011. He said that the EU’s access to the Caspian region and Central Asia, where the world's largest natural gas reserves, which exceed even Russian ones, are found, is a key issue for Europe.

According to Ottinger, Moscow should be interested in both Nabucco and its alternatives - TAP and ITGI. The European Commissioner for Energy believes that Russia should come to terms with the fact that the Southern Corridor is inevitable. But Baku and Ashgabat "have the right to make independent decisions."

At the same time, Ottinger noted that if the Russians “try to put a speck on the wheels” of the Nabucco project technically, building their South Stream gas pipeline, or politically, putting pressure on Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, he will personally “have less trust in long-term gas contracts and less to believe in the thesis that gas is not a political instrument for Russia. ”

The EU gave the European Commission a mandate to hold talks between Baku and Ashgabat to determine the legal basis for the Nabucco gas transmission project. This is stated in the document “External Energy Relations of the European Union”, which was adopted by the European Commission. He was introduced by EU Commissioner for Energy Affairs, Günther Oettinger. The document notes that the agreement between the European Union, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan regarding the Nabucco project will lay the foundation for the construction of infrastructure. And it will ensure the transportation of natural gas from Turkmenistan across the Caspian Sea.

The Nabucco Consortium, which includes the following companies: OMV Gas GmbH (Austria), BOTAŞ (Turkey), Bulgargaz (Bulgaria), SNTGN Transgaz SA (Romania), MOL Natural Gas Transmission Company Ltd. (Hungary), RWE AG (Germany), welcomed the EU’s decision to obtain a mandate for the European Commission to conduct negotiations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan regarding the legal basis of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline (TCG). Speaking about this event, Nabucco's managing director, Reinhard Mitschek, said that there is significant potential on both sides of the Caspian Sea for the export of natural gas, which is strategically important for the future of Turkish and European gas markets.

Thus, the European Union shows its intention to directly intervene in the problem of determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea, which until now has been under the jurisdiction of the basin states - the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Azerbaijan. It should be noted that Russia and Iran oppose the construction of a gas pipeline under the Caspian Sea. In addition, the bottom of the sea is still not completely delimited. Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan believe that the construction of the entire gas infrastructure is enough to solve them. In the case of the construction of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline, the EU will get direct access to the gas fields of the Caspian Sea.

It is necessary to take into account the fact that the Caspian Sea zone has become a region where countries are actively engaged in military construction. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran are quite actively strengthening their Navy in the Caspian. Yes, and Moscow announced plans to strengthen the Caspian flotilla. And, apparently, not in vain. The struggle for natural resources often flows from the legal, political field to "gunboat diplomacy."
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  1. Vadivak 14 September 2011 10: 54 New
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    It’s a pity that KM (the Caspian monster) was strangled, a couple of times we would have gone on Gunther’s comrade on it and the South Stream would have become a priority
  2. mitrich
    mitrich 14 September 2011 13: 14 New
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    I had a chance to read serious analytics on the NABUCCO issue, from which it becomes clear that this expensive project is a political “dummy”. Let's say that the pipe was laid, and then what? How are you going to fill it? Turkmenistan is bound hand and foot by gas agreements with Russia and China, so it is not clear where the additional gas will come from for NABUCCO. South Stream is much more realistic and profitable, first of all, in terms of completion, and if not for the Bulgarians, UP would have been under construction for a long time.
    1. LESHA pancake
      LESHA pancake 14 September 2011 17: 05 New
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      MAIN PROCESS. And LOOKING THERE TO RUSSIA, IT IS POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE CLAIMS. THIS IS THE POLICY OF THE WEST.
  3. zczczc
    zczczc 14 September 2011 13: 21 New
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    On the other hand, I see this as a plus. In words, everyone wants to get off the oil needle - so get down, why do we need a new gas pipeline? If the proceeds from the sale of gas through existing pipelines (even with the exception of the Nord Stream) are not given to the United States, but built on it factories, roads, kindergartens, etc., then we will not be able to digest all this money.

    We had enough gas pipelines even before the Nord Stream, we just need to stop working for the Pindos.
    1. zczczc
      zczczc 15 September 2011 02: 52 New
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      Here is a person who has an interesting structure - when they say "you have to get off the oil needle" - everyone supports. When they say that it’s good that there will be no oil pipeline from us, they reject it.

      How to understand? It’s the same thing.
  4. PSih2097 14 September 2011 13: 34 New
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    At the same time, Ottinger noted that if the Russians “try to put a speck on the wheels” of the Nabucco project technically, building their South Stream gas pipeline, or politically, putting pressure on Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, he will personally “have less trust in long-term gas contracts and less to believe in the thesis that gas is not a political instrument for Russia. ”

    This is their euphoria after Libya, like we can all ....
    1. LESHA pancake
      LESHA pancake 14 September 2011 17: 06 New
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      IN THIS CASE, THE OPINION OF THE WEST DOESN'T NEED TO PAY ATTENTION. DON'T NEED TO HOLD ON. THE ECONOMY WILL PLACE EVERYTHING IN PLACES.
  5. Victor 14 September 2011 18: 13 New
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    It is clear that neither Russia nor Iran will give up their interests in the Caspian. Moreover, the EU’s brutal political stance on the Caspian is quite likely to force Russia and Kazakhstan, on the one hand, and Iran, on the other, to begin to draw closer in military-political terms.
    From the point of view of the development of the Russian economy, such “dents” are necessary for our government. Willy-nilly, such threats will force him to develop not only raw materials industries, but also truly high-tech industries, which will be truly competitive in the world market. This statement in itself is a serious bell for the whole world. A real war begins for the redivision of the world raw material base. Iraq and Libya were just a prelude and a test of strength. Now Russia has begun to feel with its CSTO. In this light, Lukashenko’s proposal to neutralize internal threats is not so bad. I would like the government to have enough time to bring all the reforms of the power departments to a logical end, and the armament and combat training of troops to the required level. Otherwise it will be hard.
    1. Marat
      Marat 14 September 2011 21: 41 New
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      I agree - when they climb with their policies in the Caspian - they are already beginning to "feel" Russia and its CSTO bloc
      Moreover, the conductors of their policies are not some non-CIS countries, but Azerbaijan. And Iran, just that seemingly “foreign” country, is our potential ally.

      Another reason for our government to think twice and stop following the pendos’s on the Iranian topic is to smash the Iranians and “come to our door” right on the Caspian
      1. PSih2097 14 September 2011 21: 51 New
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        Attention! You do not have permission to view hidden text.

        Give Armenians a loan for armaments, let the Karabakh develop ...
  6. Maksim
    Maksim 14 September 2011 22: 13 New
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    In my opinion, Russia should defend its interests, and continue to put "sticks in wheels" with its allies.
  7. PSih2097 14 September 2011 22: 19 New
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    I believe that it is necessary to carry out joint large-scale maneuvers of Belarus and the Western Military District, involving all units except for those on combat duty, to conduct partial mobilization. There are a lot of polygons for this, you look and the EU will shut up with NATO, at least for a while ...
  8. ars_pro 15 September 2011 01: 29 New
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    I hope our government will find an option to defend its interest in the Caspian with dignity, decisively but in a mild form and answer the EU asks ... to see them there is a good pressure that they already say "stick in the wheels" I hope the Europeans have the wisdom not to climb also there
    1. PSih2097 15 September 2011 01: 45 New
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      yeah, find ...
  9. Rico1977 15 September 2011 13: 50 New
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    What do you European people in the Caspian forget? Have you ever seen the map - where are you and where is the Caspian? So sit at home, nothing to climb to us
  10. Denis 15 September 2011 17: 40 New
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    "Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran are quite actively strengthening their Navy in the Caspian"
    Iran, perhaps, but these couple of motorboats were lowered into the water
    and send the EU ...