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

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*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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.

    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".

    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".

EU "Solidarity" ?

Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.


Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.

    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.



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