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  • The KGB's Successors And The 'Greening' Of Europe

    07/14/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    forbes.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | William F. Shughart II
    According to NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen, Russia’s myriad intelligence agencies, which now include the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), the military intelligence directorate, or GRU, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), and the Federal Protective Service (FSO) are working directly with European environmental groups to fund anti-fracking campaigns. Putin is doing this to slow the spread of the U.S. shale revolution across the Atlantic so Russia can hold on to its monopoly of the European natural gas market. Europe’s energy insecurity – its dependence on Russian gas – has proven to be Putin’s favorite tool of geopolitical...
  • Testimony of Mr. Edward Lucas Senate Foreign Relations Committee

    07/09/2014 12:38:06 PM PDT · by Krosan · 4 replies
    Senate Foreign Relations Committee ^ | July 8, 2014 | Edward Lucas
    Testimony ofMr. Edward LucasSenior Fellow and Contributing EditorCenter for European Policy AnalysisWashington, DCJuly 8, 2014Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeSubcommittee on European AffairsGood afternoon. Thank you for inviting me here today. It is an honor and a privilege to give testimony to this committee and I would like to thank Chairman Murphy and Ranking Member Johnson for this opportunity. I will give a short oral version of my written testimony and then look forward to taking questions.I have been dealing with European security for more than thirty years, as an activist for freedom and democracy during the Cold War, as a foreign...
  • UKRAINE: ATO liberates Slovyansk and other cities from terrorists. VIDEO

    07/06/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 34 replies
    segodnya.ua ^ | 6/7/2014 16:24
    Slovyansk greeted the Ukrainian military. Local cuddled with the Defence Minister and take pictures with members of ATU, thanking the soldiers for osovoboždenie from terrorists and cried from happiness. We have previously published video release Of. It also shows how people meet Ukrainian military: "Finally! We have been waiting for you so much! ". Yesterday, a number of other cities of slovyansk and Sealy ATO liberated from terrorists. Video: inforesist.org
  • Russia to send humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine on June 28

    06/29/2014 12:03:04 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 18 replies
    Voice Of Russia ^ | 6-27-2014 | VOR
    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday it has notified Kiev about plans to send 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid to eastern regions of Ukraine caught in the fighting between the government forces and independence supporters. "The note states that Russia has prepared a truck convoy to deliver a total of 60 metric tons of humanitarian aid comprising food and personal hygiene supplies," the ministry said in a statement. "The trucks are expected to depart to Luhansk and Donetsk on June 28, they may later proceed to other regions of Ukraine hosting internally displaced population," the statement said. Moscow has...
  • Europe’s Anti-Fracking Activists May Be Way More Sinister Than You’d Think (Russian stooges)

    06/19/2014 5:59:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | June 19, 2014 | Patrick Brennan
    As the debate over how to regulate fracking — and whether to permit the process at all — rages in the U.S. and Europe, there are powerful interests that can benefit from blocking its expansion, namely, existing oil and gas producers, such as the Gulf States and Russia. There have been plenty of rumors that the governments of such places have supported anti-fracking activists, but now NATO has more or less officially accused Russian intelligence agencies of supporting anti-fracking NGOs in Europe. The FT reports: Russian intelligence agencies are covertly funding and working with European environmental groups to campaign against...
  • Russia threatens to cut off gas to Ukraine

    06/15/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 24 replies
    AlJazeera ^ | 6-16-2014 | Al Jazeera
    Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 06:00 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed. Russian natural gas producer Gazprom said it was not extending the deadline for Ukraine to start paying off its gas debts after the discussions ended in the early hours of the morning in Kiev, raising the prospect of disruptions to gas flows to the European Union via Ukraine. The breakdown of the talks is likely to increase political tensions that have mounted in the past few days between Kiev and Moscow as Ukrainian...
  • Ukraine rejects Putin's offer of gas discounts

    06/11/2014 12:16:24 PM PDT · by McGruff · 10 replies
    Ukraine rejects Putin's offer of gas discounts ^ | 6/11/2014 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and NATALIYA VASILYEVA
    Russia on Wednesday offered to restore the discounted gas price it granted Ukraine under the ousted pro-Russian president, but Ukraine demanded an even better deal and called for arbitration to settle the dispute. Speaking in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was offering the discount as a "partnership deal." Russia's energy minister, Alexander Novak, specified the price offered as $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas. "We believe that our offer is more than in a partnership spirit, aimed to support the Ukrainian economy at a rather difficult time," Putin said in televised remarks. "But if our offers are...
  • Ukraine Making First Gas Payment To Russia

    05/30/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 3 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 5-30-2014 | GEIR MOULSON
    <p>Ukraine's gas company, Naftogaz, announced at a European Union-mediated meeting in Berlin Friday with Gazprom and the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers that it has transferred $786 million to Gazprom, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. That covers deliveries in February and March, a period for which the price charged to Ukraine is undisputed, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said.</p>
  • EU unveils plan to curb reliance on Russian gas

    05/28/2014 11:29:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 28.05.14 @ 19:48 | Benjamin Fox
    The EU has unveiled plans to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, with increased imports from Norway and energy efficiency at the top of its wish list. […] Although EU countries import 88 percent of the oil that they use, as well as 42 percent of solid fuel, the main concern of the commission and governments is gas—66 percent of Europe’s gas is imported at a cost of more than €1 billion per day. Of the 400 billion cubic metres of gas consumed in the EU each year, around 40 percent comes from Russia’s state-owned Gazprom. The majority of this...
  • Who made the pivot to Asia? Putin.

    05/23/2014 6:49:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 22 | Charles Krauthammer
    In Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a spectacular energy deal — $400 billion of Siberian natural gas to be exported to China over 30 years. This is huge. By indelibly linking producer and consumer — the pipeline alone is a $70 billion infrastructure project — it deflates the post-Ukraine Western threat (mostly empty, but still very loud) to cut European imports of Russian gas. Putin has just defiantly demonstrated that he has other places to go. The Russia-China deal also makes a mockery of U.S. boasts to have isolated Russia because of Ukraine. Not even...
  • The New Sino-Russian Alliance: We now have bigger problems than Ukraine than we realize

    05/22/2014 7:44:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/22/2014 | Spengler
    China and Russia evidently have concluded a 30-year gas deal which shifts the balance of Russian hydrocarbon exports eastwards, but that’s not the thing to focus on. Pravda reports: The central themes of the talks between the two leaders will be two projects in the field of aviation – the creation of a joint wide-body long-haul aircraft and the production of Mi-26 heavy helicopter in China, the Kommersant reports.Russia, entering into such cooperation with China, indicates that it is ready to open access to Russian aircraft technologies, despite the fact that China previously resorted to building unlicensed copies of...
  • I like Putin

    05/07/2014 10:11:51 AM PDT · by olepap · 97 replies
    Vanity
    I like Putin. I think he is doing a good job. I like him much better than I like Obama. Funny, ain't it - an old anticommunist admiring the former head of the KGB?
  • Moscow orders Kiev to withdraw troops from Ukraine's Donbass region

    04/23/2014 6:37:58 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | 4-23-2014 | MARK MacKINNON
    <p>Russia has warned the Ukrainian government to pull its military from the restive southeast of its own territory, saying it could invade to “protect” pro-Russian separatists there – just as it did in Georgia, another former Soviet republic that Moscow invaded six years ago.</p>
  • Risk of 'gas war' grows as Ukraine halts payments to Russia

    04/12/2014 6:59:25 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 10 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4-12-14 | Pavel Polityuk and Conor Humphries
    aid on Saturday it was suspending payments to Russia for deliveries of gas, ratcheting up the tension in a standoff that has the potential to leave European Union states cut off from the Russian gas supplies on which they depend. In eastern Ukraine, where groups of pro-Russian activists have been emboldened by the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, a band of armed men in mismatched camouflage outfits seized a police station in the town of Slaviansk. Russia and Ukraine have been locked in confrontation since protests in Kiev forced the Moscow-backed president from office, and the Kremlin sent troops...
  • UPDATE 2-Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt

    04/10/2014 9:42:11 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/10/2014 | Alexei Anishchuk
    MOSCOW, April 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. In a letter to the leaders of 18 countries, he demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine's economy out of crisis but made clear his patience was running out over Kiev's $2.2 billion gas debt to its former Soviet master.
  • White House Warns Russia

    04/07/2014 11:31:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against moving "overtly or covertly" into eastern Ukraine and said there was strong evidence that pro-Russian demonstrators in the region were being paid.
  • Kiev says Russia provokes trouble in eastern Ukraine, just as in Crimea

    04/07/2014 11:13:40 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 7, 11:19 AM
    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government dispatched its highest-level police and security officials to the eastern part of the country Monday in an effort to put down separatist violence described as inspired by Russia and following a script that played out in Crimea. “The plan is to destabilize the situation,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency cabinet meeting Monday morning. “The plan is for foreign troops to cross the border and seize the country’s territory, which we will not allow.” On Sunday, pro-Russian demonstrations in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk that had been orderly the last...
  • Russia sacrifices Gazprom profit for politics in Ukraine -analysts

    04/04/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk
    MOSCOW, April 4 (Reuters) - Russia's top natural gas producer, Gazprom, will eventually lose more than it gains from raising the gas price for Ukraine by 80 percent, analysts said on Friday, predicting Kiev would cut purchases and fail to pay in full. Gazprom on Thursday announced a price rise for Ukraine to $485 per 1,000 cubic metres, the second increase in three days. The $485 price is the highest of any Gazprom customer and compares with around $370 on average for clients in the European Union. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the increase, two weeks after Moscow annexed...
  • Putin’s electoral rating getting closer to historical maximum again

    03/26/2014 6:02:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar-Tass ^ | 03/26/2014 | Itar-Tass
    MOSCOW, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The level of Russian electoral support to incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached the figures of the country’s presidential elections in 2004 for the first time, the presidential rating peak is caused by his responsible actions in view of current crisis in Ukraine, political experts told Itar-Tass in comments on the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) survey results made public on Wednesday. The FOM sociological survey conducted on March 23 showed that 64% of Russians would vote for Putin, if presidential elections were held next Sunday. Sociologists polled three thousand respondents in 64 Russian constituent entities....
  • Why did Europe choose the chaff over the wheat?

    03/20/2014 7:03:43 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 3 replies
    Autonomous Nonprofit Organization “TV-Novosti” ^ | March 20, 2014 | Patrick L Young
    The poor citizens of Ukraine remain poor while the world bickers with their plight, an apparent after thought. Engagement in Ukraine by the European Parliament has been clearly apparent in recent years. Alas the transcripts provide an unfortunate reminder that the size of the EU apparatus has ultimately fed an incompetent blob as opposed to producing rational decisions. An obsession with expansion at all costs of the EU sphere of influence has dominated thought. Back on December 13, 2012, the European Parliament passed a rather chilling motion, made more acutely frightening by subsequent events: "The EU is concerned about the...
  • Putin’s sanctions on Americans unite Democrats, GOP

    03/20/2014 3:26:28 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 55 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2014 | Oliver Knox
    Vladimir Putin probably didn’t expect that newly announced Russian sanctions on nine Americans – three top White House aides, three Republicans and three Democrats in Congress – would spark a bipartisan love-in in Washington.But that’s exactly what happened on Thursday as Moscow retaliated for expanded U.S. sanctions by freezing the assets of a select handful of high-profile Americans and banning them from travel inside Russia.Here’s an early response from a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner on Twitter to Dan Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Obama, for making the list...
  • Putin says U.S. guided by 'the rule of the gun' in foreign policy

    03/18/2014 6:39:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 18, 2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Monday of being guided in its foreign policy not by international law but by the "rule of the gun." "Our Western partners headed by the United States prefer not to be guided by international law in their practical policies, but by the rule of the gun," he told a joint session of parliament.
  • Transcript In Part Of President Putin's Address To Parliament

    03/18/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | President Vladimir V. Putin
    Dear friends, we have gathered here today in connection with an issue that is of vital, historic significance to all of us. A referendum was held in Crimea on March 16 in full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms. More than 82 percent of the electorate took part in the vote. Over 96 percent of them spoke out in favour of reuniting with Russia. These numbers speak for themselves. To understand the reason behind such a choice it is enough to know the history of Crimea and what Russia and Crimea have always meant for each other. Everything in...
  • How Much Money Did Ukraine Lose When It Nixed The EU Deal? [ has link trade deal ]

    02/20/2014 7:19:25 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 2/19/2014 | David Kashi
    The all-out street war in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev between anti-government protesters and security forces had its beginnings in late November, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a bid for closer integration of his country with the European Union. Protests began peacefully, but reports that security services used excessive force on demonstrators escalated the situation. As of Wednesday, dozens of people have been killed, including protesters and police officers, and hundreds injured. For years Yanukovych promised Ukrainians that he would sign an agreement with the EU, which would benefit Ukraine’s economy substantially. Protesters felt betrayed that he suddenly and without...
  • Ukraine: Can Someone Explain…

    01/26/2014 7:02:55 PM PST · by jimjohn · 67 replies
    self | jimjohn
    And so like everyone else, I am staring to see the pictures/videos oozing out of the streets on the Ukraine, but forgive me for being totally confused about what the battles are about. Clearly, there are folks really upset about something, but I simply can’t believe the reasons that are given. Let me explain…
  • Thousands protest in Ukraine, defying court ban

    01/19/2014 6:31:27 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, Jan. 19th, 2014 | Richard Balmforth and Natalia Zinets
    Up to 100,000 Ukrainians massed in the capital Kiev on Sunday in defiance of sweeping new laws aimed at stamping out anti-government protests. The rally, the biggest this year in a cycle of pro-Europe protests convulsing the former Soviet republic for the past two months, was spurred by the legislation rushed through parliament last week and which the opposition says will lead to a police state.Significantly raising the stakes in the confrontation withPresident Viktor Yanukovich, opposition leaders announced a plan to gather people's signatures expressing no confidence in his leadership and that of parliament.Denouncing as unconstitutional last Thursday's hurried vote...
  • Ukraine opts for Russian bailout instead of EU treaty

    12/18/2013 7:43:13 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 18.12.13 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych has opted for a no-strings-attached Russian bailout instead of the EU alternative. He made the agreement at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday (17 December). Under the accord, Putin promised to use money from Russia’s National Welfare Fund to buy $15 billion of distressed Ukrainian bonds. He also promised to cut gas prices from $400 or so per thousand cubic meters to $269 until 2019, saving Ukraine up to $2 billion a year. He described Ukraine as a “strategic partner and ally.” …
  • Poor Ukrainians Rally For Russia

    12/15/2013 4:44:19 PM PST · by kronos77 · 61 replies
    At a rival protest in Kiev this weekend, impoverished workers from eastern Ukraine turned out to show their support for the government and stronger ties with Moscow even as the pro-EU crowd grew ever more jubilant. They were poor. Their clothes looked cheap and worn, their faces tired; their feelings were hurt. A group of workers and miners from Kirovsk, an industrial town in eastern Ukraine, were among thousands of protesters walking on Sunday morning towards the anti-Euro rally in Kiev’s Mariinsky park, to demonstrate their support for Ukraine’s president, Victor Yanukovych, and for friendship with Russia. Two parts of...
  • John McCain tells Ukraine protesters: 'We are here to support your just cause'

    12/15/2013 3:01:27 PM PST · by mac_truck · 131 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 12/15/2013 | Guardian Staff
    Senator John McCain on Sunday told thousands of Ukrainian protesters camped on Kiev's main square that Ukraine's destiny lay in Europe and that it would make Europe better. "Ukraine will make Europe better and Europe will make Ukraine better," he said to crowds protesting against President Viktor Yanukovich's U-turn in trade policy away from Europe towards Russia. "We are here to support your just cause, the sovereign right of Ukraine to determine its own destiny freely and independently. And the destiny you seek lies in Europe," said McCain, a leading Republican voice on US foreign policy. McCain is in Ukraine...
  • Selling the message: How PR firm helped place controversial Putin op-ed

    09/14/2013 5:21:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CBS News ^ | Sept 14, 2013 | CBS News
    The column made its way into the newspaper with the help of leading American public relations firm Ketchum, which has offices across the globe and represents some of the world's most prominent brands, as well as the Russian Federation. The firm was responsible for getting Putin's editorial placed in the Times. According to Justice Department filings, Ketchum was paid $1.9 million by the Russian government during the first six months of this year. It got another $3.7 million for public relations work for Gazprom, the oil and gas company controlled by the Kremlin
  • Putin Catches '46-Pound Fish'

    07/29/2013 12:01:18 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 74 replies
    Newser ^ | 07/29/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    (Newser) – How's this for a fish story: In the latest episode of Vladimir Putin's ongoing rugged outdoorsman fantasy adventure series, the Russian president, clad in a camouflage jacket and hat, appears to catch a massive pike. "Vladimir Vladimirovich, be careful, she can bite," an aide warns, as Putin lifts the flopping fish from a net, according to the LA Times' translation. "I will bite her myself," Putin replies, before kissing the thing. "She's a beauty." Russia's defense minister, who was on the trip, says the fish weighed between 26.4 and 33 pounds, but a Putin spokesman pegs the...
  • US threatened by Russia's Christianity

    If you ever wonder why the weasel west media always calls Putin a dictator or demonizes him, just look at what has been happening recently. By watching the US news last week one would think all of America has turned gay with the Supreme Court ruling on married same-sex couples. The New York Times called it a, "major victories for the gay rights movement". Some even compare it to racial equality. If Putin was the dictator the West claims, the new law that defends Christianity would have been in effect immediately after the pussy riot blasphemy which happened last year....
  • Russia President Vladimir Putin and wife announce divorce

    06/06/2013 9:23:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2013, 4:55 p.m. | Khristina Narizhnaya and Carol J. Williams
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his long-suffering wife, Lyudmila, are ending their nearly 30-year marriage, they announced on state television Thursday in a tone of mutual indifference. “We practically never saw each other,” Putin told a reporter from the Rossiya 24 network as he and his soon-to-be-ex-wife departed a Kremlin ballet performance. “To each his own life.” Russia’s first couple gave little explanation of why they chose to end the marriage now, other than the president’s assertion that “it was our joint decision.” … The couple’s infrequent public appearances have sparked wild media reports and speculation. One particularly steady rumor...
  • Putin expresses concern over Gazprom raids

    10/03/2011 11:18:31 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | October 3, 2011
    AFP - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned EU nations on Monday that Russia would be carefully monitoring an unprecedented anti-trust probe launched against its powerful natural gas monopoly Gazprom. The cautionary comments marked Putin's first response to a high-stakes dispute that threatens to dominate Russian-EU relations on his expected return to the Kremlin after a 2000-2008 presidency in March. Gazprom had previously confirmed the offices of its trading partners and subsidiaries being searched -- and documents seized -- in the EU's most forceful response to a growing European outcry over alleged price collusion. But Russia's richest and most strategic company...
  • European trio take stake in Russia's South Stream

    09/16/2011 11:55:37 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | September 16, 2011
    AFP - Three EU energy majors on Friday agreed to take a 50-percent stake in a Black Sea natural gas link Russia is developing for Europe's growing market in competition to one backed by the United States. The partners said Italy's ENI will get a 20-percent stake in South Stream's offshore operator while Germany's Wintershall and the French firm EDF will each keep 15 percent. The remaining 50-percent share will belong to Gazprom -- the Russian energy monopoly and world's largest gas producer that is developing routes to bypass nations such as Ukraine with which it suffers price disputes. "The...
  • German Energy Sector Open For Russian Grabs After Merkel Medvedev Meeting (Part Two)

    07/25/2011 10:27:08 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 2 replies
    President Dmitry Medvedev and Chancellor Angela Merkel led the Russian-German Interstate Consultations on July 19-20 in Hannover. This annual event, with the collective participation of Russian and German government ministers and industry leaders, punctuates the gradual integration in key economic sectors of the two countries. Nord Stream pipeline Germany’s recent political decision to phase out nuclear energy delighted the Russian side at this summit. Medvedev’s delegation offered to supplement gas deliveries massively within the next decade and beyond, so as to replace the lost nuclear power at least in part with Russian gas in Germany’s energy mix. In return for...
  • Too Special A Friendship?

    07/11/2011 12:21:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    rferl.org ^ | July 11, 2011 | Gregory Feifer
    Temperatures were approaching freezing last November when a stern Vladimir Putin delivered a trademark tirade at a business forum in Berlin's venerably posh Hotel Adlon, steps from the Brandenburg Gate. Captains of industry sat stony faced as the Russian prime minister, reminding them Germany was phasing out nuclear power, said they had nowhere to turn but Russia, which was already supplying 40 percent of the country's demand for natural gas from its vast deposits. Otherwise, "how will you heat your houses?" he mocked. "Even for firewood, you'd have to go to Siberia." The immediate object of Putin's ire was a...
  • Russia’s Anxieties About The Arab Revolution

    07/09/2011 2:32:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    fpri.org ^ | July 2011 | Stephen Blank
    By June 2011, the Arab revolutions had evolved into a series of disconnected but increasingly violent civil wars—particularly in Libya and Syria. The international community has certainly not been spared the effects of these wars. As a long-time patron—if not an ally—of these states, Russia views these trends with mounting anxiety. These revolutions and civil wars pose three serious challenges or even threats to Russia. FEAR OF DOMESTIC UNREST Domestically, the revolutions could inspire citizens to take autonomous political action against the regime. Alternatively, they could further inflame the insurgency in the North Caucasus among a largely Muslim population to...
  • Russia’s grasp on electricity tightens

    07/09/2011 2:07:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    ft.com ^ | July 7, 2011 | Catherine Belton
    Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian billionaire, has agreed to merge his power assets into the power-generation holding of Gazprom to create a state-controlled national electricity champion that will control a quarter of the country’s electricity market. Analysts said the merger announced on Thursday risked overturning the country’s hard-won privatisation of the sector, one of the few successful market reforms of the past decade, with state control of the sector set to increase from 50 per cent to 70 per cent as a result of the deal. “After the merger, the state will simply dominate the market,” said Derek Weaving, electricity sector...
  • Gazprom eyes gas deposits in Pakistan

    05/13/2011 1:19:14 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    rian.ru ^ | May 12, 2011
    Russia's energy giant Gazprom is interested in developing gas deposits in Pakistan, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday after talks on bilateral business cooperation. "The sides supported the interest of Russian business circles in implementing economic, infrastructural and banking projects jointly with the Pakistani government and businesses," the two leaders said in a statement. In particular, Russian state-owned mining and metallurgical facility construction company Tyazhpromexport is prepared to modernize a metals plant in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city while Russia's largest power trader Inter RAO UES is ready to build power plants in...
  • Cheap Gas For [Military] Basing Rights: Russia Offers Ukrainian Type Deal to Moldova

    02/05/2011 2:03:32 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 1 replies
    Russia’s ambassador to Moldova, Valery Kuzmin, insinuated via Chisinau media on February 1 that Moscow can grant Moldova a price discount on Russian gas, as it granted one to Ukraine, in return for military basing rights. Kuzmin said: “Moldovan authorities must execute the conditions of the agreement recently signed with Gazprom…One should not fully exclude politics from Russia’s relations with other countries. The political dimension can be turned into an economic equivalent. Thus in Ukraine, for example, there was provided a compensation mechanism [for gas] in the lease agreement for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet base. Due to that mutually advantageous...
  • Russia to build Turkey’s nuclear plant

    05/13/2010 12:02:01 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies · 227+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | 5/13/2010 | Delphine Strauss in Ankara
    Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday sealed a $20bn deal for Russia to build Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, furthering Moscow’s ambition of carving out a bigger role in the renascent international market for nuclear energy. Energy cooperation is the core of a rapidly developing partnership between Moscow and Ankara, former cold war rivals who say bilateral trade could reach $100bn in the next five years – half the value of Russia’s trade now with the entire European Union. “Turkey and Russia are strategic partners, not just in words but in reality,” the Russian president told reporters on Wednesday during a trip...
  • Gazprom looking at Israel natgas mkt -report

    04/16/2010 2:12:35 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 5 replies · 297+ views
    JERUSALEM, April 13 (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) may join the exploration race for a new natural gas windfall off the coast of Israel, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. Financial daily Globes on its Web site reported Gazprom, together with Israel's Modiin Energy (MDINp.TA: Quote, Profile, Research), the IDB Group (IDBH.TA: Quote, Profile, Research) and Israel Land Development (ILDC.TA: Quote, Profile, Research), was considering vying for a new tender for exploratory offshore drilling. Officials at both Israel's Infrastructure Ministry and Modiin Energy declined to comment on the report. Gazprom was not available for immediate reaction. U.S. group...
  • Dash for Poland’s gas could end Russian stranglehold

    04/07/2010 12:31:05 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 525+ views
    Times Online ^ | April 5, 2010 | Robin Pagnamenta
    Dash for Poland’s gas could end Russian stranglehold Robin Pagnamenta, Energy Editor American technology to produce shale gas is unleashing a scramble for drilling rights in Poland, where experts believe vast reserves of unconventional gas exist that could help to weaken Russia’s grip on Europe’s energy supplies. ConocoPhillips is poised to launch Poland’s first shale gas drilling programme next month near Gdansk on the Baltic coast. Two other American oil groups — Exxon-Mobil and Marathon — and Talisman Energy, of Canada, are set to follow. The technology has transformed America’s energy industry and driven gas prices to their lowest level...
  • Poles wary of Nord Stream pact - "Molotov-Ribbentrop" natural gas pipeline

    01/03/2010 1:23:33 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 303+ views
    globalpost.com ^ | January 3, 2010 | Tom Hundley
    WARSAW, Poland — History suggests that when Russia and Germany announce a deal that is slightly too sweet, Poland has reason to be wary. Which is why the Polish foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, acidly dubbed a plan to build an underwater natural gas pipeline from Russia’s Siberian gas fields to Germany’s Baltic coast “the Molotov-Ribbentrop pipeline,” a reference to the pact between the Nazis and the Soviets to carve up Poland on the eve of World War II. The Russians and Germans hail the $11 billion project as “a new benchmark for cooperation between the European Union and Russia.” The...
  • Victory for Putin as France signs gas pipeline deal

    11/28/2009 3:03:02 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 489+ views
    AFP ^ | November 28, 2009
    Rombouillet, France- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin won another victory for his aggressive energy diplomacy strategy Friday, signing a deal bringing French investment to a pipeline project. In a successful trip that worried Russia's nervous neighbours, Putin also secured French investment to save the struggling Lada car maker and a promise that France will consider selling Moscow a huge amphibious assault ship. "We have embarked upon complete cooperation with Russia," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon declared, as he and Putin addressed reporters after talks outside Paris with ministers and energy executives. Georgia and the Baltic states have expressed concern over...
  • Putin in new Ukraine gas warning

    11/01/2009 12:47:34 PM PST · by darkside321 · 7 replies · 455+ views
    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine might be having problems paying for gas, raising new concerns over European supplies. Mr Putin said the European Union had not yet given Ukraine the money it had promised to help provide stable supplies of Russian gas to Europe. He also blamed Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko for blocking payment. In January, many countries were left short of gas because of a payment dispute between Moscow and Kiev. 'Blocking funds' "It appears we are again having problems with payments for our energy supplies, which is extremely regrettable. The EU has still not provided...
  • Russia has no objections to selling gas to China for roubles -- Putin

    10/14/2009 2:55:19 PM PDT · by Palin Republic · 10 replies · 768+ views
    Itar-Tass ^ | 14.10.2009 | Itar-Tass
    BEIJING, October 14 (Itar-Tass) -- Russia does not object to selling energy resources to China for roubles, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. “We discussed the possibility of using our national currency in bilateral settlements between Russia and China, and our energy companies raised this issue, even Gazprom. In principle, we do not object to considering the possibility of selling our energy resources for roubles,” Putin told journalists after the end of his official visit to China on Wednesday. “But this mean that our Chinese partners should have those roubles … We are even ready to buy something for yuan, but...
  • Putin's Reset Button: Pressing Ukraine

    08/15/2009 10:10:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 516+ views
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2009 | By Ken Blackwell
    It's really amazing how soon the Obama administration's chickens are coming home to roost. They made a big deal out of finding a "reset" button for U.S.-Russia relations. They wanted to reject what they saw as George W. Bush's truculence over the Russian invasion of Georgia last summer. So they went out of their way to send a message to Russia that they wanted a new beginning in their relations with Moscow. Well, they've gotten it. London's prestigious Financial Times reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent a tough "ultimatum" to Ukraine's leadership. Medvedev sent his blunt warning in...
  • Gazprom: Russia's ministry of ambition

    07/13/2009 4:13:28 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 715+ views
    AFP ^ | July 13, 2009
    MOSCOW -- Undeterred by the global slowdown, Russia's state-run energy leviathan Gazprom has pushed ahead with an expansion masterplan of huge ambition that has raised questions over its true motives. Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller has warned Europe — keen to break Russia's stronghold on gas supplies — against turning the issue of energy diversification into a “fetish.” But analysts say it is the Russian gas giant's own actions that are now bordering on the abnormal, with deals often being motivated by factors like politics or pride rather than economic sense. “Gazprom has acquired the function of the foreign energy...