Black Sea – keep an eye on the gas

A quite timely take on the events in the Crimean region is at Sackerson’s place.

You can read the fine print there but in essence, this Wiki map of the gas pipelines is more than interesting in the context of the political games and grandstanding:


Apart from the new ports and infrastructure developed through the Sochi Olympics and with the acquisition of the Crimea again, Russia is in a position to drive through the South Stream pipeline to the EU countries, bypassing the Ukraine and Belarus. One can understand the “special relationship” between Germany and Russia and Italy and Russia as well.

Western Ukraine is largely beyond Putin, they’ve done the puppet President bit and I can’t see him being back to be caught in the mire of international law the EU loves so much, plus NATO and the CIA. The regime is clearly spoiling for war and that’s the US influence – those 20 000 stormtroopers are more a provocation against a 700 000 man army, so that US/UK troops can be invoked.

The loose cannon in all this is the ultra-nationalist and holocaust-loving Right Sector which has the Ukraine in its grip right now. Even the forces of Them can’t control these psychos. There are going to be some demographic shifts, some displaced people coming out of the conflict. The people of the Ukraine will suffer yet again, either way.

Putin needs to decide whether gas is sufficient blackmail to tame the nationalists – and that demands South Stream – or if he’ll feel he needs to do the thing, take the Ukraine on the grounds of removal of a legitimately elected President and that would be a blitzkrieg and fait accompli. But that’s then occupied territory with a hostile western Ukrainian people.

Our media is largely to be ignored for its pro-cabal stance and the Russian media is what it is – Russian biased, as you’d expect. On the other hand, there is good comment coming out now in the blogosphere and some dailies – it must dismay the cabal to see that the peoples of the US/UK largely haven’t bought the c**p. Hearts and minds have not been won in a new Tony Blair type crusade.

We people out here are being very obstinate you know. We always used to race to sign up for the glorious war.

6 comments for “Black Sea – keep an eye on the gas

  1. Hereward unbowed.
    March 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

    In the Ukraine there might well be a civil war, there will be no early British, US involvement – and it will go downhill like the Syrian situation but there can only be a stalemate and bloody conflict and the EU + Britain: will have to get used to higher gas bills until the US commences LNG exports. There are no winners, there is no easy solution.

    • Rossa
      March 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

      The US won’t be shipping LNG any time soon as they don’t have the facilities and neither do we have the facilities to receive LNG in Europe.

      I thought the same as HU until I read what was involved in supercooling the gas so that it becomes a liquid, let alone storing and transporting it. Plus then it needs to be ‘heated’ to be useable as a gas. Karl Denning has the logistics of it here:

      Obama is blowing hot air in Putin’s face and I doubt Putin is concerned all that much by such empty threats. And don’t expect any sense out of the MSM. They just take these things at face value as they are told to do. Commonly known as a ‘puff’ piece as it’s about as much use as a puff of air, sorry gas, oh yes air is a gas…..silly me!

      • Daedalus
        March 19, 2014 at 8:11 pm

        We have been shipping LNG around the world for donkeys years. It is a well known and understood method of transporting gas around the place. The first shipping company I worked as an apprentice in 1973 eventually stopped in shipping all together due in part to trying to fund an LNG carrier that it bought which at that time could not trade due to the LNG terminal not being built. It was supposed to have been but I think planning stopped it.
        Go here to see the story.

        • Ed P
          March 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

          We will need ten times the capacity soon, if Russia’s latest moves come to fruition. The Gazprom link to & deal with China is going to lead to a major shift in global energy distribution and even initiate a new reserve currency. US/EU interference in Ukraine will very soon backfire on the whole of Europe – we all should get some back-up supply organised before next winter, as there will be gas shortages and therefore electricity black-outs too. Ashton & Obama have unleashed the bear to the detriment of us all.

          • Dave_G
            March 21, 2014 at 8:43 pm

            Every previous attempt to introduce a reserve currency other than the dollar has been met with military action to, effectively, destroy the prospect.
            Can we expect the same?

            • Ed P
              March 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

              Things are not the same this time: a worldwide slump, decline of the USA as a manufacturer and exporter, the imminent Euro collapse and the rise of China, all coupled with the Russians now looking east (thanks to those fools Ashton & Omaba), could see the end of the mighty dollar as reserve.

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