Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tag: Baltic Sea

Russia offers plan to improve air safety over Baltics

BRUSSELS — Russian diplomats on Wednesday offered a new plan to improve safety in the air over the Baltics in a rare meeting with NATO ambassadors, a small but significant step to ease tensions amid a troop buildup on both sides of the bristling NATO-­Russia border. The proposal would commit...

The United States and NATO Are Preparing for a Major War With Russia

Massive military exercises and a troop buildup on NATO's eastern flank reflect a dangerous new strategy. For the first time in a quarter-century, the prospect of war—real war, war between the major powers—will be on the agenda of Western leaders when they meet at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, Poland,...

Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian Baltic Sea ports face historic lull

The ports of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are facing a lull in activity, with cargoes from the east into Europe and from the West into Russia finding new routes to circumvent Baltic ports. This according to Russian news journal PolitRussia, which suggests it could also have catastrophic consequences for the...

War With Russia Without Public Debate?

"...The general said Russia was needed in the international community; however, this was impossible at the moment due to the country's "sole respect for power." "He emphasised that about 7,000 Russian troops were stationed in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, two territories viewed by the international community as Georgian regions occupied...

NATO allies launch large-scale military exercise in Poland before key summit

A large-scale military training exercise involving more than 20 NATO and partner countries kicked off in Poland on Monday, part of efforts to reassure east European nations rattled by Russia's actions in nearby Ukraine. For more than 10 days, 30,000 troops backed by large numbers of vehicles, aircraft and ships...

A Russian warning

We, the undersigned, are Russians living and working in the USA. We have been watching with increasing anxiety as the current US and NATO policies have set us on an extremely dangerous collision course with the Russian Federation, as well as with China. Many respected, patriotic Americans, such as...

Russia’s Perpetual Geopolitics

Putin Returns to the Historical Pattern. For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per...

Putin’s Decade-Old Dream Realized as Russia to Price Its Own Oil

Russian President Vladimir Putin is on the verge of realizing a decade-old dream: Russian oil priced in Russia. The nation’s largest commodity exchange, whose chairman is Putin ally Igor Sechin, is courting international oil traders to join its emerging futures market. The goal is to increase revenue from Urals crude...

Green MEP denounces Gazprom’s bullying tactics over Nord Stream 2

Claude Turmes, a leading Member of the European Parliament for the Greens party, dropped a bombshell at a Brussels event yesterday (24 February) when he made allegations about Gazprom’s tactics to push the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. The five Western companies co-investing in Nord Stream 2 were told by Gazprom to stop...

With U.S. Gas, Europe Seeks Escape From Russia’s Energy Grip

Gulf Coast exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, are expected to loosen Russia’s dominance in the European energy market. ABOARD THE INDEPENDENCE, Lithuania—On the deck of this floating gas terminal, Mantas Bartuska awaits a tanker to pass a narrow inlet on the Baltic Sea with the first natural gas...

Surging Liquefied Natural Gas Trade

The EU's move toward a freer energy market and a global shift toward gas by climate-conscious consumers are likely to help fuel growing demand for US liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the coming years, Senior Fellow and former leading CIA analyst Bud Coote writes in Surging Liquefied Natural Gas...

Germany’s Merkel Defends Russian Gas Pipeline Plan

EU and U.S. officials fear project could undermine the economic and political stability of Ukraine. BRUSSELS - German Chancellor Angela Merkel found herself under pressure on Friday from other Europe Union leaders over her government’s support for a natural-gas pipeline from Russia that others fear could further undermine the economic...

Why Nordstream 2 risks failure

The Nordstream 2 gas pipeline that Gazprom and a number of major European energy companies, have agreed to build, faces formidable political, legal and economic obstacles that may make the project undeliverable, writes Alan Riley, professor at City Law School in London and nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic...

New Russian Gas Export Projects – From Pipe Dreams to Pipelines

In the twelve months since the collapse of global oil prices and the imposition of Western economic sanctions against Russia, the number of new Russian gas export project announcements has skyrocketed. Only last month, Gazprom signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with three European companies to build a second...

Bypassing Ukraine will be costly for Gazprom, say analysts

Russia's plans to drop Ukraine as a route for pumping natural gas to Europe will leave Gazprom facing about $1 billion in annual transit fees to Slovakia and Bulgaria, industry sources say. Moscow wants to circumnavigate Ukraine to pipe its gas to Europe because of pricing disagreements, which at times...

China’s New Roads to Russia

I know of no comparable global Great Project to equal what is now unfolding, bit-by-bit, as China reveals more about her Silk Road Economic Belt high-speed railway infrastructure network. And it’s now clear that the road will be filled with entire new cities, industrial zones, construction, improving standards of...

Militarization of the Baltic Sea: Phantom Russian Sub Hunts Gave Birth to NATO’s Viking...

The largely unobservant public had previously been under the impression that the Baltic Sea was a zone of peace and stability, thinking that all the region’s states lived in harmony with one another. This may have been the case prior to 1991, but immediately afterwards, NATO’s expansion into the...

These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world’s oil trade

Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small handful of...

Gazprom mothballs extension of Nord Stream pipeline

Russian firm said last year it might expand line to Britain Chairman says falling gas prices forcing project reviews Gazprom sources say 'complicated' politics a factor Gazprom abandoned South Stream project in December (Adds comments by Gazprom, EU Commission, context) MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Gazprom has put an expansion of its Nord...

World Oil Transit Chokepoints

Overview World chokepoints for maritime transit of oil are a critical part of global energy security. About 63% of the world's oil production moves on maritime routes. The Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Malacca are the world's most important strategic chokepoints by volume of oil transit. The U.S. Energy...

China Sees Itself at Center of New Asian Order

Beijing Builds Roads, Pipelines, Railways and Ports to Bind Itself to Region. HORGOS, China—In a valley flanked by snow-capped peaks on China’s border with Kazakhstan, a vision of Beijing’s ambitions to redraw the geopolitical map of Asia is taking shape. This remote outpost, once a transit point for Silk Road...

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