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Russia asks Guarantee if EU might prefer to get Gas via Turkey Zig-Zag instead of Directly in Europe

Автор ACM
Понедельник, 15 Январь 2018

*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- While EU Parliament holds 3 Energy Policy Debates here ToNight, (including on the "Governance of Energy Union"), before EU Commission convenes Tomorrow Morning, also in Strasbourg, Russia officially asked Guarantees if EU might, eventually, prefer to get Gas through a Zig-Zag plan, coming and going via a 3rd Country as Turkey, instead of 4 Direct Pipelines inside Europe, most of which already Exist, Ready to be used, (See relevant MAP).




- Independently of a Smaller, Bilateral Pipeline Only for Turkey's own needs, the Most Important : a much Bigger, "Second Pipeline" for Europe, "will Only be Constructed IF we Receive Ironclad Guarantees, from EU Commission", clearly Warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, at his Annual Press Conference Today (Monday), according to semi-official "Tass" Press Agency.

- Such EU "Guarantees" should Make Sure that "they (EU Commission) will Not Pull the Same Trick, as it happened (f.ex.) with the (Earlier Planned) "South Stream" regarding Bulgaria", (the Incoming EU Council's Chair for the Period of January - June 2017), he Explained.

- For that purpose, Russia would Only accept an "option Wholly Guaranteed by the European Commission", which Will Not be Broken", Lavrov underlined.

- In this regard, he also Warned Against alleged current Attempts for a "rather Dirty Play", and "Dishonest Games", f.ex. "to Invent certain New Rules Post-Factum" in order to Block anOther EU - Russia Gas Pipeline Project : "Nord Stream 2", between Petrograd region and Germany, through the Baltic Sea.

+ Already, 2 Other Gas Pipelines going Directly through Europe :  one Leading to Germany, via Belarus and Poland, and anOther Leading to Austria and Poland, via Ukraine and Slovakia, (See MAP), which Already Exist, Ready to be Used, have been successively  Blocked in the recent Past, under Various Political and/or other Pretexts.



AnOther, eventual, option, might, reportedly, be a Russian Gas Pipeline Heading to a "Custody Transfert Station" inside (EU Member) Greece, just after Crossing only a Small Part of Neighbouring Turkey, but this looks also Conditional to the same "Guarantees" asked by Lavrov.

Various Last-Minute Objections opposed by some inside the EU Commission Against Direct Russia - EU Gas Transport Links, already were at the Focus of a Spectacular "Clash" between former EU Commission's President Jose Barroso, (currently USA's "Goldman Sachs" employed agent), and Russia's President Vladimir Putin, during an unforgettable Press Conference, at the Conclusion of an EU - Russia Summit in Brussels, (Comp. "Eurofora"s NewsReports from the spot then, f.ex.: ..., etc).


Now, if that 2nd possible Russia Pipeline towards Europe through Turkey doesN't get the "Ironclad Guarantees" that Lavrov asked Today, then, Ankara's regime may, probably, Find quite Hard to Pay for its own Gas expected from Russia, since the Turkish Government, in Combined Moves, had apparently seeked to get a Big Part of that Money by Imposing Taxes on the Transit of Russian Gas towards Europe...



=> An eventual Reply by EU Commission to the above-mentioned Statement made by Russia Today (Monday), might, perhaps, emerge After a Collective Meeting of EU Commissioners Tomorrow (Tuesday) Morning in Strasbourg, which is due to be Followed also by a Press Conference here, by Vice-Presidents Frans Timmermans and Jurki Katainen, (in charge of Law/Institutions/Rights and Economic Growth/Investment/Competitiveness/Jobs, respectively), Later Tomorrow Afternoon (15.30+), depending, naturally, also from the Questions that Journalists will be allowed to raise, on this occasion.




++ Meanwhile, however, EU's Energy Needs are, apparently, Growing Fast Nowadays, to the point that German Authorities found Necessary to even ... Demolish an Historic, 3 Centuries-Old, Christian Church, only for a Private Mining Company to Exploit an open Pit Coal Mine !



Even the Burried Bodies of People whose Families used to Live at Erkelenz-Immerath Village for Centuries, were reportedly "Exhumed from the Graveyard have been Reburied" elsewhere, at a Far Away Location, where all Inhabitants were "Transfered" by that Mining Company, which left them with a Small, Grey Concrete-built, Makeshift "replacement" Church, that, obviously, does not support any Comparison with their Original, Historic Architectural Cathedral, now for ever lost... (See relevant PHOTOS).



Immerath is located in Rhineland-Palatinate's Region, Governed by the Socialists, and Near Koeln (Cologne), which is considered as the "Turkish Capital" of Germany, plenty of Foreign-Funded and Recently built Muslim Mosques, as several Medias observe on the occasion of the Demolition of its Historic Christian Church, soon after being desacralized a few years ago.




Symbolically, that Village's "Coat of Arms" pictured a ...Christian Church and Cross, at a Green Natural Landscape with a Clean Blue Sky, while, on the Contrary, Mining Company RWE is reportedly due to transform all that area into a Wasteland for Decades, (at least up to 2.045).




Moreover, that Mining Company (RWE) is due to Exploit "Brown Coal", or "Lignites", i.e. one of the .."Dirtiest" forms of Fossil Energy, while, by an Irony of the Sort, that Demolition of the "Saint Lambertus" Historic Cathedral occured only a Week Before EU Parliament in Strasbourg now holds Debates and Votes, as well as 2 Press Conferences specifically on ... "Clean Energy".



 On the Contrary, Natural Gas is considered to be Clean and Climate-Friendly.


A subsequent MEPs' Plenary Debate on the Incoming EU Presidency by Bulgaria for the Period of January-June 2018, with the participation of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, scheduled for Wednesday Morning in Strasbourg, might offer anOther Occasion to eventually Discuss such Topical and UnPrecedented, GeoPolitical and still OnGoing Issues, as EU's Choises for Energy Supply Security and Economy among Various possible Russian Gas Pipelines' routes.

After Bulgaria, the rotating EU Presidency is due to be taken over, for the Period of July - December 2018, by Austria, who is (as also Germany and Poland) one of the few EU Member Countries to be Directly Linked to Russia's pre-Existing Gas Pipelines, (See MAP), until currently Blocked under Various Pretexts, (Comp. Supra).

New Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, (Comp. Kurz's Statements to "Eurofora", earlier in Brussels, during a ChristianDemocrat/EPP Heads of State/Governments' Summit, at : ... ) is expected to Visit Strasbourg and Speak to CoE's PanEuropean Assembly's MEPs during Next Week.



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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.

    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.

- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).

     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.


Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.

-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.

    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.



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