Energy fuels new Great Game in Europe

#1
Ho hum! :x

BBC said:
Energy fuels new 'Great Game' in Europe

The giant Russian energy company, Gazprom, which controls the world's largest reserves of natural gas, has issued a stark warning to the European Union saying it must decide if it wants to continue receiving supplies of Russian gas.

Speaking in a BBC interview, Gazprom deputy chairman Alexander Medvedev warned that Europe was now at a crossroads.

"Only three countries can be suppliers of pipeline gas in the long-term - Russia, Iran and Qatar. So there is no other choice than to deal with these suppliers," he said.

"Europe should decide how to handle this situation… and if Europe doesn't need our gas, then we will find a way of selling it differently."

The threat comes as the EU scrambles to find alternative energy suppliers following the crisis in January, when Russia shut down the main pipeline into Europe for two weeks in a price dispute with the key transit country, Ukraine.

The EU currently relies on Russia for a quarter of its total gas supplies. Of the bloc's 27 member states, seven are almost totally dependent on Russian gas.

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#2
"Europe should decide how to handle this situation… and if Europe doesn't need our gas, then we will find a way of selling it differently."

Yeah right. To who and how?

msr
 
#3
That's some set of fecking pipelines.

Maybe Comrade Gordonski should make a deal with his friends at the Politburo, 'we'll buy your gas if you buy our steel to make the pipelines....'
 
#4
More badly timed posturing from Moscow.

However, if I wait a few minutes I should get one of the usual suspects along shortly to highlight that Russia is either:
a) acting in its own national interests as we all do
b) righting some historical wrong
c) just seeking to get the respect it deserves
d) misunderstood
or all of the above.

Russia, playground bully, body of a teenager, mind of an infant. Should be ignored for about 5 years until Putin has pushed off.
whf
 
#6
Do we or do we not need energy? Yes, we do.

Have we the ability to supply our needs through our own recources? No, we don't.

Like it or not, that means Moscow's opinion counts - unless we're happy to live in the dark.
 
#7
Might not be all wind. Moscow knows the sandal wearing Krauts look on treating them as favored supplier from a larger strategic position of seeking peaceful rapprochement with their old foe. The French have wisely diversified out to Algerian and Nuclear options. Other (much weaker) EU countries have different positions and dither between accepting dependency, a mad belief in renewables, and crack whore like panic as winter approaches.

Last year Beijing was trying to bargain Gazprom down for a Siberian Gas supply. Problem is the Russians are charging Europe a premium price. As the Chinese economy rises and energy demands leap up this may change. The EU could be left out in the cold at some point.

Brezhnev was merrily piping gas into Western Europe during the Cold War as part of Ostpolitik and we should not forget strategic over reach and a dependence on energy exports is what fecked the USSR. Trading with strategic competitors is part of the modern game of state. Cutting separate deals with the Iranians and North Africa like the Swiss are doing looks prudent. It would provide some leverage with the Russians but that's about as much as can be expected from other sources. The EU is about as likely to give up on Vlad's gas as DC is on Chavez's crude and Red China filling Walmarts shelves.
 
#8
msr said:
"Europe should decide how to handle this situation… and if Europe doesn't need our gas, then we will find a way of selling it differently."

Yeah right. To who and how?

msr
To internal consumption for example. But if Russia build new power station then there would be no gas for Europe. Also gas could be exported to american market. It requires a fleet of gas-tankers, expensive plants.

The best variant for Russia is pump gas through pipes to Europe. But if Europe try to limit consumption of gas from Russia then it should be said plainly.

So it is not a threat but a question to clarify EU position.
 
#9
KGB_resident said:
The best variant for Russia is pump gas through pipes to Europe. But if Europe try to limit consumption of gas from Russia then it should be said plainly.

So it is not a threat but a question to clarify EU position.
Is that how this is being sold to the Rodina?
 

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