The Russian Gas Carousel: Who Wants Off, and Who Wants On

The Chinese link is important. The degree of Russophobia in the west is hard to comprehend. Even from Sweden it is strident. I am still waiting for Russia to invade Ukraine, it just is not happening. Because of the gas pipelines going through Ukraine there is  no need to! The EU have not understood anything. For any who can read Swedish Rus were Swedish vikings (Wikipedia Rus people), while Vladimir was a Rus name (Valdemar). See Populär Historia on the Kingdom of Kiev: http://www.popularhistoria.se/artiklar/kievriket/

The Kremlin Stooge

Uncle Volodya says, "The real trouble with modern war is that it allows no one the chance to kill the right people. " Uncle Volodya says, “The real trouble with modern war is that it allows no one the chance to kill the right people. ”

Speculation was rife that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Xi Jingping would sign a major gas deal during Mr. Putin’s visit to China, but it didn’t happen. Although agreement is still said to be close and is probably contingent on price – the two have been wrangling over price for nearly 10 years – the signatures are typically a formality after all the details have been worked out in furious negotiation beforehand between ministers and industry executives. This suggests there was a fairly serious misunderstanding somewhere, and it may have originated in European bluster of late (because it’s warm now, and the idea of freezing in the winter is a distant echo) about “weaning itself off” of Russian gas.  Europe likes to portray Russia as an unreliable partner who…

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