If I were a statesman in a Slavic country, and if I got a Russian offer for cheaper Russian gas and/or oil (in return for, for example, rejection of NATO membership) I would certainly reject it. And I am deadly serious! I wouldn't advocate NATO membership and at the same time I would accept only market principles with Russia.
At the very same time I would still consider myself a Slavic nationalist and would continue to advocate Slavic unity and solidarity!
There is no contradiction in these two statements. On the contrary -> no one can build any solidarity or unity on principles of parasitism!
Post by CHORNYVOLK on Feb 26, 2008 12:05:25 GMT -5
Russia gas pact energizes Iran By Pepe Escobar
While Washington, facing European Union discomfort and frank opposition from Russia and China, remains obsessed with another round of United Nations sanctions against Iran, the facts on the ground spell an overwhelming "expansion of mutual cooperation" in the energy sector between Iran and Russia.
Iran holds the world's second-largest proven natural gas reserves, behind only Russia. Alexei Miller, chief executive of Russia's state-run gas exporter Gazprom, recently visited Tehran and met with Iran's Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari. The result is that Gazprom will develop "two or three" blocks of the monstrous South Pars gas field in Iran; and its daughter company, Gazpromneft, will also be part of a huge oil project in Iran. Gazprom has been in South Pars since 1997, alongside
TotalFinaElf of France and Malaysia's Petronas.
For Iran, this is really big news. Reza Kasaeizadeh, the managing director of Iran's National Gas Company, now insists that Iran will supply no less than 10% of the world gas market in the next 20 years; currently it's only 1%. Iran at the moment exports gas only to Armenia and Turkey. When South Pars phases 17, 18 and 19 are developed by 2013 that will be a whole different ball game. South Pars - which Iran shares with Qatar - is the largest gas field in the world. Annual output of its eight blocks on the Iranian side stands at 73 billion cubic meters; in the next few years it will easily reach 200 billion cubic meters.
Sanctions? What sanctions? Hardcore Washington political pressure on European giants such as TotalFinaElf and Royal Dutch Shell as well as on European banks is leading Gazprom to make a killing in Iran. Russia is left virtually alone to develop the second-largest (after Russia) gas reserves in the world. Gazprom's technology may not be as state of the art as Western Europe's, but Iran is in a hurry. And so is Gazprom, while it is able to extract fabulous deals thanks to lack of competition.
As any European Union negotiator in Brussels is forced to admit over a few bottles of Morte Subite beer, the EU is a virtual hostage of Gazprom. Adding to European angst, both Russia and Iran want the formation of a gas equivalent of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sooner rather than later - a likely scenario at least from the point of view of Russian-Iranian coordination in investment policy and pricing.
Teymur Huseynov, head of the Eurasia department at the Exclusive Analysis risk consultancy, confirms "Gazprom's vulnerability to US sanctions is minimal". Gazprom supplies over 25% of Western Europe's gas. Much of Iran's future production will also go to Western Europe anyway. Russia and Iran are competitors in the world gas market - but up to a point: Europe needs both.
Gazprom has already invested at least US$4 billion in Iran since 2000. The Russian company will also help Iran to develop its pipeline system - which will finally link the north (where Tehran is located) to the oil and gas fields in the south and southwest. This means Iran won't need to import gas from unreliable neighbor Turkmenistan, prone to cut off supplies over endless arguments about unpaid bills.
Let's hit the Caspian Iran is also basking in good news in the oil front. The first phase of early production from the giant Azadegan oilfield, west of Ahvaz in Iranian Khuzestan, is already on. According to Iranian estimates, Azadegan holds no less than 33 billion barrels of crude oil. For the moment it's pumping only 25,000 barrels a day - but the point is that the whole technology was Iranian.
According to the deputy manager of technical affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Hamid Deris, the Iranians had to take over when experts of Japan's largest oil and gas explorer, INPEX, under no-holds-barred US pressure, balked at investing in the enormous project. The Japanese share was initially 90%; in the end it fell to 10%.
On the Caspian front, the Alborz semi-floating drilling rig - able to drill at 6,000 meters under the seabed - will soon be operational. That means exploration of oil and gas in the deep waters of the southern part of the Caspian - which holds at least 32 billion barrels of oil - is a go. Brazilian oil giant Petrobras is very much interested, and not in the least mindful of UN or US sanctions.
Iran and Russia have also signed a letter of understanding to speed up construction of power grids. Iran was represented by Energy Minister Parviz Fattah, Russia by the chairman of the board of RAO UES, the export arm of OAO Unified Energy System, Anatoly Chubais.
This means that Iran - already exchanging energy with Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan - will also connect to Russia's national power grid. Fattah said Iran and Russia would cooperate in the construction of two power plants in Tajikistan. The results are obvious: the merging of Russian and Iranian electricity networks will cover virtually all the demand in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Most of the new investment will be Russian.
Now about that bourse As Iran strengthens its position in the region's oil and gas networks, the outlook for its newly opened oil exchange, intended among other things to reduce the influence of Western interests in the oil trading business, may be less substantial. (Slouching towards Petroeurostan, Asia Times Online, February 21, 2008)
The Iranian International Petroleum Exchange - the first oil, gas and petrochemical exchange in the Islamic Republic, and the first within OPEC and launched earlier this month, is intended eventually to compete directly against London's International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) and the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).
Chris Cook, a former director of the London International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) and now a strategic market consultant after being involved from the beginning with the Iranian oil bourse, told Asia Times Online "the trading 'system' is the rudimentary one [not much more than a spreadsheet] used by the Tehran Metal Exchange. As far as we know it is not even web-enabled". Iranian ministers say the bourse will soon be online.
Cook said, "There may be the odd 'spot' trade in petrochemicals, but these will probably be existing business - done over the phone - which would use the system for registration. There is no clearing house, nor is there likely to be, as the skills do not exist in Iran: therefore you can forget forwards or futures trading, even were they Islamically sound, which they are probably not.
"We were told by the Iranian OPEC rep in London a few years ago that the trading of crude oil on any system was a medium-term project, at best." In fact, Iranian ministers insist this is a medium-term project.
According to Cook, "The long and short of it is that the recently launched Iranian oil bourse is an illusion. There is no real interest among the Iranian elite in any further transparency than exists now."
Even so, Rajab Safarov, the director of the Iran Contemporary Studies Center in Moscow, has told the Vermianovesti daily that oil deals in the recently opened bourse will be on in only a few months' time. According to Safarov, European middlemen are about to form companies with Iranian firms and will then start operating in the bourse. www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JB27Ak01.html
"SURRENDER LIFE TO MOTHERLAND, SOUL TO GOD, AND HONOUR TO NOBODY!"
Riyadh elaborated a plan to save the region from the so-called Iranian threat, where it is to play the key role in tandem with Moscow.
So, the Saudi guest endeavored to persuade the Kremlin that stronger Iran would disbalance the Middle East. In return to winding up Russia’s-Iranian contracts, Riyadh promised to buy Russia’s weapons at large, replacing Iran as its partner in military and technical field.
Saudi Arabia won’t confine to the military deals. The minister urged Moscow to conclude a big agreement of bilateral cooperation, fueling mutual turnover and investments to $50 billion in the nearest five years.
One day the 'rain' will come and wash all the scum off the streets
Key American puppet in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, according to the pro-western puppet media Kommersant, offers to buy Russian weapons in exchange for Russia to abandon its strategic partnership with Iran? The same Saudis who within OPEC always advocate increasing of oil production whenever their American masters ask them to?
he he he ;D
It looks like that Yanks get really desperate since they send their servants to do their job.
Nope! That is not going to happen!
As I said previously Russian-Iranian partnership is crucial and very deeply founded in both countries long term interests. Saudi Arabia can join in (but they won't as long as they are American puppets) but they cannot break the Russian-Iranian partnership! Saudis can only expect that one day Al-Qaeda shall overthrow the corrupt regime in Riyadh!
The symbolism of the Iranian oil bourse is stark; it shows that the flight from the US dollar is irreversible - and so, sooner rather than later, is diminution of Washington's capacity to launch wars on credit.
But at this early stage in the game, only one thing is certain: the empire will strike back.
MINSK, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - The U.S. Ambassador to Belarus left Minsk for Washington on Wednesday, the U.S. embassy said on its website.
Late last week, Belarus advised the U.S ambassador, Karen Stewart, to leave the capital, Minsk, and recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations over new sanctions against its national petrochemical company, Belneftekhim.
Belarus reiterated on Tuesday its demand for Stewart to leave.
"Ambassador Stewart's absence is temporary, and she remains the U.S. Ambassador to Belarus," the embassy said, adding that Washington's policy toward Minsk remained unchanged.
In mid-November last year, the U.S. introduced sanctions against Belneftekhim, and froze the assets of its U.S. subsidiary. Belarus said the moves breached a bilateral trade deal designed to give better access to Belarusian goods and services.
Alexander Lukashenko, the controversial Belarusian leader dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by Washington, pledged last year to retaliate in the economic sphere and threatened Stewart with expulsion from Minsk.
He also said the U.S. sanctions were caused by Minsk's decision to start oil production work in Venezuela. In December, a joint Belarusian-Venezuelan oil production company was opened in the South American country, with plans to produce about 7 million tons (51.45 million bbl) of oil annually. 40% is to go to Belarus and 60% to Venezuela.
The U.S. and the European Union have accused the Belarusian leader of clamping down on dissent, stifling the media and rigging elections. Lukashenko, who was re-elected to a third term in 2006, is currently barred, along with other senior Belarusian officials, from entering the U.S. and the EU.
"The U.S. Embassy expresses its support for the democratic aspirations of the Belarusian people. Following the unconditional release of all political prisoners, the United States stands ready to explore steps to improve our bilateral relations," the U.S. embassy website statement also reads.
The main Belarusian opposition figure, Alexander Kozulin, is currently serving a 5 1/2 year prison sentence for organizing protests against Lukashenko's reelection.
Post by soldier7799 on Mar 12, 2008 10:13:52 GMT -5
Omg, what is that wretch creature from a ZOO?!?I was watching in youtube anti-russian demonstration in Belarus and i was wondering ,do they want to become american puppets instead of a country highly supported by russian gas and petrol....
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Milo I.: Deutscher Sauerbraten?
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White Cossack: Who's the best state leader currently?
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TsarSamuil: Viktor Orban?
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Gopnik: from leader's POV, i'd say Kim Jong Un as in north korea he is not forcing any pics of himself nor making a shit ton of songs praising him unlike his dad and grandfather, but instead he is attempting to get the nation out of the shithole it is in today.
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Gopnik: but 1000000% not kim from a citizen's point of view, the Camps in North Korea are horrible.
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White Cossack: You're both right, fellas.
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eternal jew: indeed goys
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