Saturday 4th of December 2021

pumping russian gas...

real mapreal mapEU wants to stand strong to force Russia to supply more gas

Josep Borrell wrote in his blog that EU's energy dependence was one of the key issues in relations with Russia.

"Russia is meeting its contractual obligations but does not deliver extra volumes to the EU, which led to the price increase, Borrell said. "Our energy dependency is one of the key issues in our relations with Russia. Russia is meeting its contractual obligations on gas deliveries, but is not putting additional gas into the European system as it could do, hence contributing to drive prices upward," he noted.

He lamented that in the past, EU states did not always show a unified approach in relations with the Russian Federation.

"Energy issues are one important reason why the EU needs to become more cohesive in its relation with Russia and preserve the unity of purpose among its member states. This has not always been the case in the past and to face this crisis we need to make progress in this direction," the EU official said.

When reading Borrell's "profound" statements, one may recall the character from a classic Soviet movie "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Profession": "When you speak, Ivan Vasilyevich, there is such a feeling that you are being delusional."

 Nothing personal, just business

There is no need to mix economics and politics. Gazprom supplies according to contracts. Why does Gazprom need to overfill European gas storage facilities, if the price of gas on the spot market is growing? Now they sell the gas that used to be purchased at a much cheaper price.

As for the issue of unity, it appears that the closer people stand together the warmer they feel. This is important for Ukraine in the first place. Interestingly, a politician from sunny Catalonia, where there is hardly any cold weather at all, calls on other 26 European countries to stand united against Russia as well.

Hungary doesn't want to freeze

There are Europeans who behave adequately. The current energy crisis in Europe has shown that politics and energy should not be mixed, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said.

"We never liked mixing politics and energy. When they mix politics with energy, we get crises like this one. We must learn from our past mistakes and learn lessons from them," the official said.

Szijjarto stressed that the Ukrainian gas transportation system was in need of serious reconstruction, which had not been carried out.

Borrell's statements come as an attempt to shift the blame for the crisis on someone else. The European Commission made gas trading highly relevant, but stock exchanges have their own rules of the game, and one may lose this game big time.

In the past, they accused Russia of supplying too much gas to the EU to make Europe dependent on the Russian fuel. These days, they accuse Russia of supplying too little gas to Europe, although it goes about only 30 percent of the total volume of European imports.

In a comment for Pravda.Ru, Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior researcher at the Center for European Studies at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, said that he was surprised by Josep Borrell's above-mentioned statements as Borrell does not deal with energy issues.

Borrell's statements were published to coincide with the time of his talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in the United States. Borrell and Blinken discussed the dialogue between the United States and the European Union regarding Russia and China.

"These circumstances, of course, give rise to questions. I find no reason to consider his point of view to be objective. I believe it is rather politicised, unreasoned and unprofessional," Vladimir Olenchenko told Pravda.Ru.

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Note: The EU and the US made a hypocritical political song and dance because of the new pipelines to Germany which can deliver a lot MORE gas to Europe... The US tried to sink the project and may try to sabotage it to promote their political mad hubris.


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the real map...

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In the real map above, Crimea has been added to the Russian Federation as it should, but the West is still narky about the Crimean return to Russia... Idiots...




Has Russia been meeting its commitments?

Gazprom, Russia's majority state-owned energy company, supplies gas to Europe under two different arrangements:

  • Long-term contracts often lasting from 10 to 25 years
  • "Spot" deals or one-off purchases for a fixed amount of gas

Gazprom itself describes long-term contracts as "fundamental to stable and sustainable gas supplies". 


And it is understood that it has met its obligations to European buyers this year under these contracts.

However, the International Energy Agency's executive director, Fatih Birol, recently said it estimated Russia could supply 15% more gas if it wanted to.

Some analysts have suggested Russia could be holding back supplies to speed up approval of the newly-built Nord Stream 2 pipeline running directly from Russia to Germany.

This bypasses Ukraine, and has been met with objections on geo-political as well as environmental grounds, although Russia is keen for it to come on stream.

"A significant section of the mainstream European media has attributed this to Gazprom intentionally withholding supplies in order to force the German regulator and European Commission to approve Nord Stream 2," says Jack Sharples, of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. 

But he adds that this analysis "is questionable".


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she was not aware of any instances where Russia had not met its contractual obligations.

"Russia can only deliver gas on the basis of contractual obligations and not just like that," she was quoted as saying.

But it is worth noting that "spot" sales do not appear to be happening in any significant quantity, going by data from Gazprom's own electronic sales platform.

Dr Sharples says: "This leads to the conclusion that Gazprom is supplying the volumes... under its long-term contracts - but it is not providing additional volumes beyond those contracts."

That view was also expressed by the EU's Energy Commissioner, Kadri Simson.

"Our initial assessment suggests that Russia is fulfilling its long-term contracts while not providing any additional supply." she told MEPs on 6 October.

Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergey Ryabkov, told the BBC: "Gazprom has in fact started pumping out from its reserves into pipelines to stabilise the market." 

And he added: "We have never been in a position to exert pressure through our energy supplies."

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NATO’s new shitplan...

NATO’s new masterplan to deter Moscow, including with nuclear weapons, looks like an attempt to stay relevant amid the military advancements of Russia and China, former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told RT.

NATO defense ministers met in Brussels on Thursday, and the bloc revealed its new grand strategy to counter Russia in case of a conflict. The yet-to-be-approved plan envisages NATO troops fighting Russian forces in the Baltic region and across the Black Sea, while also placing emphasis on non-conventional warfare, including nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks, and space military technology.

“NATO is here in a delicate position,” Kneissl said, explaining the harsh statements coming from the meeting.

“With the rise of China; with the last military exercises and missile production by Russia there is some arms race already there – a quite successful arms race when we look at it from the Russian and from the Chinese perspective.”


Russia has introduced a range of state-of-the-art weapons in recent years, including several types of hypersonic missiles. NATO, which is currently unable to respond with similar hardware, “has to come up with something. If it’s a new paper; if it’s some strong statement – maybe that’s it,” Kneissl said.

The new threats are part of the regular NATO rhetoric towards Russia, as well as the comments that the bloc is ready to negotiate with Moscow, the former foreign minister believes. “But genuine dialogue hasn’t been there for years,” with NATO being “much more about reading out lessons” to Russia instead of attempting to find common ground, according to Kneissl.     

Another concern that Kneissl points out is NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reviving the idea of Russia’s neighbors, Ukraine and Georgia becoming members of the US-led bloc. “We had this story in 2008 and we know what it triggered,” she said, referring to the brief military conflict in August of that year, in which Russia intervened to halt Georgia’s aggression against the breakaway republic of South Ossetia.

I would be much more prudent if I were a NATO official… in making these sorts of statements because we are definitely in a situation where certain things only need a little step to walk in the wrong direction.

Kneissl says she misses “genuine diplomacy” on the part of NATO, noting that the two sides were able to communicate better in “much worse times,” in the 1970s and 80s, which allowed tensions between the USSR and the West to be reduced.

Russia slammed NATO’s new strategy, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying it only shows that the Russian government’s recent decision to cut diplomatic ties with the bloc was the right one. Moscow announced the closure of its mission in Brussels in response to the expulsion of eight Russian diplomats by NATO over alleged undisclosed espionage activities.



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le gaz...


Gas suppliers will be compensated for the price freeze announced by the government.


The House voted on Friday evening in favour of a compensation scheme after Castex announced on October 21 that the price of gas for consumers would be frozen "throughout 2022”.


The National Assembly adopted at the very end of the evening, Friday, November 5, a device to compensate gas suppliers after the introduction of the "tariff shield" aimed at limiting the surge in energy prices for households.


The government amendment provides for a catch-up mechanism, from July 2022, to compensate for the losses that suppliers are about to incur as a result of the price freeze. With the possibility of compensation from the state budget if necessary. Small suppliers "with less than 300,000 subscribers" will also be able to benefit from a subsidy, before February 28, 2022.



Threats of "litigation"


Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the blocking of gas prices for around five million subscribers (including the three million at fixed tariff) on September 30 — in the face of the constant increase in recent months. 


On October 21, he added that the price of gas would be frozen "throughout 2022", and not just until April as initially mentioned.

The government has promised "support" to concerned suppliers, as some threaten to initiate "litigation" against the state.


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Read from top. Don't blame the Ruskies... Blame the Americans for having delayed the Nord Stream one and two, under false pretences — so they could sell fracked US gas at three or four times the price...




of gas and refugees...

Belarus's leader has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed over an escalating migrant crisis at the country's border.

Thousands of people are at the border with Poland, enduring freezing conditions in the hope of crossing into the European Union.

EU officials have accused Belarus of provoking the crisis to undermine its security, an allegation it denies.

In retaliation, the EU is reportedly planning a fresh package of sanctions.

But on Thursday the country's long-time authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko warned: "If they impose additional sanctions on us... we must respond."

"We are heating Europe, and they are threatening us," he said, referring to a Russian gas pipeline that runs through Belarus and into the EU.


"And what if we halt natural gas supplies? Therefore, I would recommend the leadership of Poland, Lithuanians and other empty-headed people to think before speaking," he added.

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german shit...

Germany's network regulator suspended its ongoing process to certify the Nord Stream 2 pipeline after ruling that its operator within Germany does not comply with conditions set by German law.

The decision could amount to another setback for the controversial pipeline that has been waiting to become operational for almost a year.

Germany's Federal Network Agency said the operating company did not meet conditions to be an "independent transmissions operator," and it could be certified only "if that operator was organized in a legal form under German law."

Operational readiness stalled

The suspension comes as the Switzerland-based company Nord Stream 2 AG plans to establish a subsidiary under German law, but only for the German section of the pipeline. This decision was taken instead of "transforming its existing legal form," the regulator said.

The certification would stay suspended "until the main assets and human resources have been transferred to the subsidiary," the German officials added.


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This is Germanic bullshit lawyering. The pipeline is own by several entities, including giant european gas and oil companies. That the gas comes from Russia is part of the deal and irrelevant. The "legal form" is yet another step I guess instigated by the German authorities to please their masters, the USA (which to say the least stole a multi-billion gas contract from Australia to China, because the present Australian government is too dumb to realise that the US got the Aussies to take the "moral high ground" for peanuts).


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