Ukraine’s (hand Picked By Victoria Nuland) Prime Minister, Arseniy “YATS” Yatsenyuk, stoked the Nazi’s prejudice in front of a German audience, and currently Ukraine face the cold winter without gas supplies from Russia. Ukraine has become a geopolitical wrecking ball… ~Ron
Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries
14 Jan 2015 zerohedge.com
Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.” Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was “completely unacceptable,” but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, “the decision has been made.”
Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey, a surprise move that the European Union’s energy chief said would hurt its reputation as a supplier.
The decision makes no economic sense, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, told reporters today after talks with Russian government officials and the head of gas exporter, OAO Gazprom, in Moscow.
Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas supplier, plans to send 63 billion cubic meters through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey, fully replacing shipments via Ukraine, Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said during the discussions. About 40 percent of Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey travel through Ukraine’s Soviet-era network.
Sefcovic said he was “very surprised” by Miller’s comment, adding that relying on a Turkish route, without Ukraine, won’t fit with the EU’s gas system.
Gazprom plans to deliver the fuel to Turkey’s border with Greece and “it’s up to the EU to decide what to do” with it further, according to Sefcovic.
Which, as The Daily Mail reports, has led to a major (and imminent) problem for Europe…
Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.
This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.
Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.
Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.
* * *
As Bloomberg goes on to note, Gazprom has reduced deliveries via Ukraine after price and debt disputes with the neighboring country that twice in the past decade disrupted supplies to the EU during freezing weather.
“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options” except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.
“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.
Russia won’t hurt its image with a shift to Turkey because it has always been a reliable gas supplier and never violated its obligations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters today in Moscow after meeting Sefcovic.
“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”
* * *
That helps to explain today’s epic meltup in NatGas futures…
* * *
“They [the Russians] have reduced deliveries to 92million cubic metres per 24 hours compared to the promised 221million cubic metres without explanation,” said Valentin Zemlyansky of the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz.
“We do not understand how we will deliver gas to Europe. This means that in a few hours problems with supplies to Europe will begin.”
* * *
Check to you Europe (i.e. Washington)… Because it’s getting might cold in Europe…
(and bear in mind the consequences of cold, pissed off Europeans in the past).
Arseniy Yatsenyuk: “All of us still clearly remember (during WW2) the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany”
REALLY??? Unbelievable, “Yats” actually said that in public!
‘Soviets invading Germany, Ukraine:’ Berlin faces tough choice on PM Yatsenyuk’s WW2 take
This week, Ukraine Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the USSR had invaded Germany and Ukraine in WW2. Despite attempts by the Western press to bury the story, Russia is now demanding answers from Berlin.
Nothing is louder than silence. I know this, you know this and you can be sure that Angela Merkel knows it too. Why then is the Chancellor’s government refusing to comment on Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s extraordinary remarks? The reasons are complex, as I will shortly outline. First, though, here’s what Yatsenyuk actually said.
“All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of Ukraine and Germany,” he told German-state broadcaster ARD. “We need to avoid [a repeat of] it.”
“Nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War,” he also added. “Russia’s President Putin is trying to do exactly this.”
When I saw the comments on my Twitter timeline, I was initially convinced it was a joke. So much disinformation is circulated on the platform that I automatically dismissed it as a misquote. Surely a senior politician wouldn’t say something like that? Only 24 hours later, when I saw Yatsenyuk’s words still swooshing through the Twitter-sphere, did I realize that he actually did utter those words.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, apparently handpicked for the PM post by US diplomat Victoria Nuland, believes the USSR invaded Germany in WW2. This runs contrary to the almost universally accepted narrative that Germany actually attacked the Soviets first in Operation Barbarossa. After repelling the attack, USSR forces eventually made it to Berlin where they met the other liberating powers, the USA and Britain.
Naturally, some are claiming that Yatsenyuk made a slip of the tongue. This is hogwash. The only thing that dropped was his mask. I’ve heard similar remarks before and the location was Western Ukraine, where the PM is from. Yatsenyuk hails from Chernivsti, widely regarded as the region’s second cultural capital, after Lvov, which is viewed by many as the nationalist stronghold.
Something interesting used to happen each May 9 in Ukraine (the anniversary of the German surrender in 1945). Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and all the other major cities, bar one, honored the defeat of the Nazis. Many in Lvov have never looked too happy with the day. In fact, in 2011, local ‘patriots’ went a step further by attacking a small gathering of veterans who were commemorating the occasion.
The reason for this feeling is simple. West Ukrainians believe that they lost the war. Their side was defeated. Put simply, Yatsenyuk is merely a product of his environment. However, this time he expressed publicly a view that was probably previously restricted to private discourse. It’s possible that he felt a German audience might have been sympathetic to his position. If so, that was a huge misread of the German people.
Read full report at rt
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland together Neo Nazi Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok (far left on the above picture)
Russia to Block All Gas to Europe Via Ukraine!
USAF TO CLOSE THREE AIRBASES IN THE U.K. “SO WHAT?” YOU SAY…
January 13, 2015 by Joseph P. Farrell http://gizadeathstar.com/2015/01/usaf-close-three-airbases-u-k-say/
This article comes from a regular reader here,Mr. K.L., and it’s a little gem of confirmation of one of my “high octane speculations” from last year, though I didn’t expect to see such early confirmation of it. The United States Air Force is shutting down three of its airbases in the United Kingdom. You might be inclined to say, “so what? This isn’t big news…” Or is it? Here’s the story from the BBC, along with a subtle indicator of what it might all be about:
USAF to pull out of airbases at Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth,
Now, this story we blogged about last year. Ostensibly, the United States began to shut down smaller bases in western Europe in an effort to “save money”:
“US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Americans will leave RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire.”
“The move is part of a programme to save £320m ($500m) a year across Europe. The USAF lease the RAF bases.”
Now, for those of you who remember then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s appearance at a press conference one day before 9/11, complaining that the Pentagon couldn’t find a mere $2,000,000,000,000 and that this was all a dangerous sign of Pentagon waste and mismanagement, closing three bases to save a mere $500,000,000 is pocket change. Last year, I blogged about a similar story as the US military was shutting down a few smaller bases in the Netherlands and Germany, again to save amounts of money that are mere pocket change. That’s the cover story.
So what might really be going on?
Well, here comes my high octane speculation, courtesy of a few subtle statements in the BBC article(and the BBC is, as we know, if not anything else, always subtle):
“The USAF KC-135 tanker fleet based at Mildenhall will be moved to Germany.
“RAF Lakenheath, with two squadrons of new F-35 jets (48 of them) arriving by 2020, will be the aircraft’s only European base.
“The Pentagon said the loss of about 2,000 US military and civilian personnel is due to relocation away from Mildenhall, but will be offset by the addition of about 1,200 people stationed permanently at Lakenheath.”
What caught my eye here was the mention of the shifting eastwards of the USAF’s mid-air refueling tankers to Germany. This to my mind confirms a pattern that I thought might emerge in coming years, though I certainly didn’t suspect that it would come so quickly, namely, that the US military would close many bases in western Europe, in the name of “cost cutting”, and shift bases to eastern Europe, in response to Eastern European calls for protection in the face of the “threat” posed by Mr. Putin’s “aggressive” Russia. The strategy here seems simple enough, if risky. By pulling out of western Europe, and transferring functions and bases eastward, the US can play to those always-present European sentiments and popular opinion that resents the US military presence, and the quiet but nonetheless quite real vassal status that it creates. By basing eastward in Eastern Europe, the US appears to be taking up the mantle of the France of the interwar period, guaranteeing a cordon sanitaire between western Europe and Russia. By doing so, it places military assets in areas that can quickly deploy, if necessary, even further eastward in support of military operations, and that can also interdict any trade, or energy, flows between western Europe and Russia. In other words, it is an even more effective method of keeping western Europe firmly under the American thumb while forward basing to “deal” with Russia. But it is, obviously a risky strategy as well, for it places American military bases and assets between the sizable European militaries, and Russia.
And the key, here as always in European geopolitics, is Germany. It is, to my mind anyway, clear that the US means to continue a military presence in Germany if for no other reason than to secure that nation’s continuing “compliance” to Washington’s wishes, and hence the continuation of military bases there. Without Germany, that old Versailles-era of a cordon sanitaire is unworkable and untenable. The real game here, in other words, has nothing whatsoever to do with cost cutting, and everything to do with geopolitics, and it’s also a sign, for those willing to read the tea leaves a bit, that the US is increasingly worried about the direction western Europe might take.
As if to underscore this analysis, consider the following statements of the German Vice-Chancellor and Economy and Energy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, that you probably didn’t see on SeeBS, Faux News, the BBC, CBC, or whatever local propaganda organ you may be subject to:
More Russia sanctions to provoke ‘dangerous situation’ in Europe – German vice-chancellor
Watch this one, for it’s a subtle story, and one that, I suspect, now that the process is under way in a major way, that we’ll be seeing more of this year.
More Russia sanctions to provoke ‘dangerous situation’ in Europe – German vice-chancellor
January 04, 2015 http://rt.com/news/219771-sanctions-russia-dangerous-germany/
Tougher sanctions against Russia could destabilize the country and provoke an “even more dangerous” situation in Europe and have negative consequences for the entire world, German Vice-Chancellor Economic Affairs and Energy Minister has warned.
“Those who want it, provoke an even more dangerous situation for all of us in Europe,” Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.
“Those who are seeking to even more destabilize Russia from the economic and political point of view are pursuing quite different goals.”
The goal of sanctions against Russia was to return Moscow to the negotiating table to find ways for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, he said.
He elaborated that additional sanctions may exclude Moscow from partnership in the resolution of conflicts which “will have very dangerous consequences for the entire world.”
Though there are some in the US and EU that “would like to floor their superpower rival,” but it is not in the interest of Germany or Europe, he stated.
“We want to help solve the conflict in Ukraine, not to force Russia to its knees,” he stressed.
The US and EU slapped Russia with several rounds of sanctions, starting in March after Crimea joined Russia. Western nations have accused Russia of annexing Crimea, though Moscow has denied the claims stressing that residents of the peninsula voted in favor of the notion in a referendum that was in line with the international law and the UN Charter. The first round of Western sanctions targeted Russian officials and companies and included visa bans and asset freezes.
The second round of sanctions that put pressure on financial, energy, and defense sectors was announced in July with the US and EU blaming Moscow for involvement in the unrest in eastern Ukraine. Moscow has denied the claims.
Following Western restrictions, Russia imposed a one-year ban on imports of beef, pork, poultry, fish, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and dairy products from Australia, Canada, the European Union, the US and Norway in August.
France’s largest farming association – the National Federation of Unions of Agricultural Operators (FNSEA) – said in August that Russia’s ban could push Europe into a market crisis.
The Netherlands, Germany, and Poland were Russia’s biggest food suppliers in the EU. The US shipped $1.6 billion worth of food to Russia in 2013. Prior to the sanctions Russia imported 36.7 percent of its meat, 32.6 percent of dairy, eggs, and honey, 30.4 percent of vegetables, and 24.2 percent of fruit from the EU, according to 2014 trade data.
A new sanctions package was pushed by the West a few days after the Minsk agreement was signed on September 5, which included a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.
In response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview to France 24 in Moscow in December that “if this is what Europe has as a reaction to something positive, then I once again can only say that we hugely overestimated European independence in foreign policy.”
He recalled the public statement made by US Vice President Joe Biden that America’s leadership had to embarrass Europe to impose economic hits on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine – even though the EU was opposed to such a motion. “I don’t believe [the sanctions] help Europe,” Lavrov said.
Monsanto Has Office In The Ukraine
Published on Jan 14, 2015
GMOs and geopolitics: the GMO issue may be a hidden issue in the Ukraine and a hidden driving factor behind Russia’s growing opposition to them.
“The cost to Europe of complying with Washington’s sanctions against Russia has reached the breaking point” -Paul Craig Roberts
RUSSIA SHUTS OFF GAS SHIPMENTS THROUGH THE UKRAINE: SOME LONG TERM IMPLICATIONS
Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries
As I write this, the story is only a day old, but it will appear as a scheduled blog only on Monday. Nevertheless, the story was to be expected, as will be the inevitable Western lamestream media spin. The latter is entirely predictable, of course: Russia’s action will be spun as yet another example of the out-of-control and aggressive nature of Mr. Putin’s government, and yet another example of Russia’s aggression toward the Ukraine, etc etc. And there will be the usual attempt to spin it as an act of sheer desperation on Russia’s part
But what really intrigues here is the wider context in which this action occurs, and what action it will possibly call forth in response from the USA. That wider context was Mr. Putin’s recent overture to the European Union member states to join the central Asian customs union. This, if Europe chose to do so, would create a kind of “Eurasian Union” from Vladivostok to Lisbon and Dublin. Now, it should be fairly obvious that Mr. Putin knew when he made this offer that he would be ignored, for such a dramatic geopolitical and economic shift would simply be unacceptable to the Anglo-American elites in London and Washington, nor would such a dramatic shift – rather like trying to turn an ocean liner under full speed on a dime – even be feasible for Europe’s capitals, despite the growing unease over the Russian sanctions, expressed most recently by M. Hollande.
So what was Mr. Putin really doing? Well, here comes the high octane speculation of the day: Mr. Putin was articulating the first plank of a long term foreign policy goal, namely, to pry Europe away from its vassalage status to the USA, and align it more to Asia. It was the first message, in a string of messages that will doubtless be emerging over this new year.
The second part of that message was just delivered, with the shut-down of energy shipments through the Ukraine. Part of the reason given for this action is that Russia is accusing the Ukraine of simply siphoning off parts of their shipments through that country:
Europe plunged into energy crisis as Russia cuts off gas supply via Ukraine
However, the real long term message here is to Europe as a whole by way of a reminder that sanctions are a two way street, and that the West, and not Russia, was the initiator of the disastrous regime change in Kiev. It’s a none-too-subtle reminder that Europe’s economic future lies as much with Asia, as with the United States.
So what might be the response? Look for Europe to press a hard bargain at the upcoming trade talks with the USA, and for the USA essentially to grant such wishes. And this is the problem with vassal states: the more you need them, the more expensive paying for that vassal status becomes, and in the long run, they break away anyway. Mr. Putin knows this, and has relayed the second component of what is likely to be a year full of such messages, and significantly, he delivered it prior to upcoming talks on the Ukrainian situation.
There’s another question lurking in the background here: Mr. Putin’s action was bold, and obviously calculated. The real question is, where is his support ultimately coming from? Domestically he is, of course, popular within the Russian federation. China in the main has been a quiet supporter. But such a bold action also implies he has some hidden support within the West. The real question is, where might it be coming from? The question is made even more interesting given this bit of news that accompanied the shutoff of energy shipments:
Russia Just Pulled Itself Out Of The Petrodollar
So where might that hidden support be coming from? That is anyone’s guess.
But my guess is, look in Europe…
World War 3: 50,000 Ukrainians Being ‘Drafted’ to Fight In Eastern Ukraine
Posted 15 Jan 2015
Cutting off Ukrainian gas was clearly the next logical move.
Especially as the economic sanctions continue to attack the Russians while the Kiev political gang continue to steal some of the gas meant to go to Europe and not pay Russia producers.
The escalation of the war continues…