Europe Ends Arms Embargo For Syrian Rebels, Desperate To Break Russian NatGas Export Monopoly

Tyler Durden's picture

Moments ago, the British foreign secretary William Hague tweeted that the arms embargo to the Syrian rebels has officially ended:

Sky has more:

 Britain and France had pushed for the ban on supplying the opposition forces fighting Bashar al Assad's regime to be lifted and the failure of ministers to agree an extension to the embargo during 12 hours of talks means it will now end on June 1.


Mr Hague said after the meeting Monday that the decision "sends a very strong message from Europe to the Assad regime".


Sky's foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said the decision would make little difference in the short-term.


"Already there are many sides arming the two sides that are fighting. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are pouring arms into the opposition," he said.


"What it means though, firstly, is that the idea of the united European foreign policy has bitten the dust.


"I suspect at some point, the British and the French will go ahead and try to arm some of the many, many group there are in opposition in Syria."


Diplomats said there had been an agreement that EU governments would refrain from sending an arms to Syria for now.


Financial and economic sanctions against the Assad government were extended for another year at the meeting.


Several of the 27 EU nations were reticent about more weapons being sent into a conflict zone that has already seen the deaths of nearly 100,000 people.

Others were not at all reticent about aiding and abbetting the murder of countless more by Qatari mercenaries.

The irony is that as has been known for a long time, and as the FT itself reported ten days ago, the Syrian "rebels" who actually have been Qatari mercenaries, have been receiving weapons shipments for years from the wealthy Persian Gulf country, with the implicit knowledge of both Europe and the US.

So why the rush by France and Britain to allow weapons armaments to resume by official channels, even if it means even more weaponization of the Assad regime by Russia and China, more bloodshed, and more death?

Simple: natural gas.

Recall that as we explained a week ago the whole point of the Syrian escalation is to provide a land route for Qatari natural gas pipelines to enter Turkey, and from there to proceed into Europe.

So there you have it: Qatar doing everything it can to promote bloodshed, death and destruction by using not Syrian rebels, but mercenaries: professional citizens who are paid handsomely to fight and kill members of the elected regime (unpopular as it may be), for what? So that the unimaginably rich emirs of Qatar can get even richer. Although it is not as if Russia is blameless: all it wants is to preserve its own strategic leverage over Europe by being the biggest external provider of natgas to the continent through its own pipelines. Should Nabucco come into existence, Gazpromia would be very, very angry and make far less money!

For this to happen, Syria would have to be controlled by pro-Western forces: most probably some spin off of the "Muslim Brotherhood" paradigm last seen in the western takeover of the strategically critical Suez Canal, and the far less important country surrounding it.

Needless to say, such optically noble considerations as the people's "liberation" or "ushering a new age of democracy" are not only irrelevant but completely meaningless and hypocritical in the scramble for European energy independence from Russia. But they sure make for great front page headlines.

In the meantime, here are the facts:

The origin of EU-27 energy imports has changed somewhat in recent years, as Russia has maintained its position as the main supplier of crude oil and natural gas and emerged as the leading supplier of hard coal (see Table 3). In 2010, some 34.5 % of the EU-27’s imports of crude oil were from Russia; this was the highest share recorded between 2002 and 2010 having fallen to a temporary low of 31.4 % in 2008.


The security of the EU’s primary energy supplies may be threatened if a high proportion of imports are concentrated among relatively few partners. Close to three quarters (74.4 %) of the EU-27’s imports of natural gas in 2010 came from Russia, Norway or Algeria – as such there was a diversification of imports as in 2009 the same three countries accounted for 79.2 % of natural gas imports. A similar analysis shows that 58.5 % of EU-27 crude oil imports came from Russia, Norway and Libya, while 64.3 % of hard coal imports were from Russia, Colombia and the United States. Although their import volumes remain relatively small, there was some evidence of new partner countries emerging between 2002 and 2010. This was notably the case for crude oil imports from Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, or natural gas imports from Qatar and Libya.


In short: the great chess game involving the isolation of Russian natgas export dominance to its key trading "partner", Europe, goes on.

How Gazpromia Russia responds next - as the threat that it may no longer be the monopoly supplier of marginal nat gas to an energy-starved Europe becomes increasingly more palpable - is all that matters.

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lolmao500's picture

Russia should tell the west to go fuck themselves and start selling Assad S-300s, tanks... etc... everything they need. This is a proxy war, let's cut the crap and admit it already.

jonjon831983's picture

Already bein done.  S-300`s and Yakhonts already delivered.

walküre's picture

It's a proxy war alright but let's establish that this war is about the Dollar and the Yuan. Russia and China are testing the waters.

Take the Dollar away and a Memorial (Holi or is that Holy?)Day is but a faint memory. Without the Dollar, nobody will want to remember anything.

malikai's picture

They can't remember anything anyway. Except for maybe what that guy said to that other guy on TV. For about a day, maybe.

max2205's picture

Cyprus bail ins were not the first shot to Russia. The cremation of oil prices after they invaded Georgia was the first

No love yet for Russia ?

lolmao500's picture

But but but ! It'll create jobs and it'll create a capitalist and democratic heaven!

zhandax's picture

More political bullshit.  The Russians are trying to develop a means to harvest that methane to sell to the Europeans.  Why am I not surpirsed to see the name 'greenpeace' involved?

fuckitall's picture

"Russia and China are testing the waters."

I suspect R&C are further along than that. More like high-level ultimatum we haven't heard about. 

Maybe why US keeps whinning about Iran's alleged nuclear development and does nothing.  

I suspect there's a line in the sand over there somewhere R&C are daring US to cross.

... and folks in europe may freeze their asses off this winter.

JOYFUL's picture

About the dollar? About the "petrodollar," perhaps... but even that fails to identify the geo-political forces at work here. But, at least you're challenging the imposed narrative here... that is a good thing. Because, here... on the 'all new' ZH... the trail of red herrings (that we used to come here to seek relief from) seems to be growing into a superhighway of sorts...

And with a story like this one -which via self-incrimination ratchets up the talking points of a previous fishing expedition -

Recall that as we explained a week ago the whole point of the Syrian escalation is to provide a land route for Qatari natural gas pipelines to enter Turkey, and from there to proceed into Europe.

We get to see the speedy results of the hatchet work done on the welcome but surprise visit of one Andrew McKillop here a week or so ago... when his presentation of the energy-related facts(necessary to round out one's knowledge of the dynamics of our current stage of pre-phonywar buildups in the ME) was roundly criticised for lacking the desired uni-focal soundbites beloved of those who prefer unanimity of opinion- and information.

Now, if it's not easy to see why the Qataris are suddenly being thrust into the limelight here, the careful reader might remind themselves as to how the process of diversion works in a similar manner on the domestic front... where new storylines are of a sudden thrust into the front pages of the complicit media as smoke n mirrors suitable for covering up bigger items of importance. It's long been known that the Gulf States sheiks have been bankrolling the fake jihadis who, for example, tore Libya to pieces... but the supposition being presented here...

that they do this kind of thing - on their own behalf ... and for some kind of economic rationale... is so laughably naive and mundane... that if it did not conceal some more sinister purpose for being presented... would be merely ridiculous.

But it is ...indeed... sinister. In the interactive fashion discernible on the new ZH... tag teams of editors and commentors work to push story angles which we punters are helpless to resist... unless we come to the task of reading... with a suitably critical and suspicious eye... something many might have previously believed to be unnecessary when cruising the "Hedge" ...

but it's time to 'hedge' one's bets on the veracity of what we are fed here now.  I believe this ship can still perhaps be turned around before hitting the iceberg of credibility corrosion... but it's gonna be a mighty task ... from the looks of things.

To keep things short here... I'll leave my specific rebuttal and counter-narrative to another comment on this thread... if such proves to be of interest to others....and such expression of dissent be allowed to pass the censor's scissors!

lord of the flies's picture

let's have some fun ! war is gonna end all our problems no more jobeless (dead) no more stocks (destroyed)

no more problems:

lolmao500's picture

Mein Fuhrer, I can walk! ... meaning the superpowers with nukes on the brink of committing genocide on the entire human race ain't much different than the nazis... and he's right.

jonjon831983's picture

They`re just making it official.  Though for EU, not sure how they`ll do it.  Since in Libya when they "took the lead" they needed to borrow munitions from the US. (granted higher priced missiles and such)

q99x2's picture

Europeans aren't the brightest since the 1600 hundreds. You know damn well the rebels are going to use those weapons against the banking families of the world and keep the pipelines for themselves.

Clever Name's picture

I'd give that a decade or two first.

Or destroy it in the process if they really know whats up, right?

OldTrooper's picture

A decade?  You're being awfuly generous.

Divine Wind's picture




Let me get this straight:

We are (supposedly) fighting in Afghanistan against al Qaeda and the Taliban,

But the U.S. and EU are sending arms to al Qaeda in order to enable their fight against the Assad regime?




Uncle Remus's picture

Yeah, I need a new program too.

ekm's picture

It's called Kissingerism

css1971's picture




What could possibly go wrong?

sun tzu's picture

Our government is grabbing our crotches looking for bombs at the same time they're giving surface to air missiles to Al Qaeda. It's all being done to keep us safe.

ekm's picture

Nothing new.

Remember Reagan was selling weapons to both Iran and Iraq.


Divide et impera. Romans invented it. British perfectioned it. USA is the latest practitioner.

ILLILLILLI's picture

There's gotta be a RedShield in there somewhere...always has been, always will be.

rosiescenario's picture

Hey, all that military hardware sitting in inventory is getting obsolete....we got to unload it somewhere.


As you'll recall, it is the same Afghani's we helped to drive out Russia that rewarded us with 911....we think.


We really need to be shut of the entire ME and ban any new immigrants from that region, so we do not end up with the Muslim problem being faced by France and recently England.

Terminus C's picture

No you have it right, the same people who supported the muj against the Russians in Afghanistan are the ones who rewarded us with 911.

Oh and... there is no problem with Muslims entering Western countries as TPTB care not if their plebs are brown, black or white, Christian, Muslim, Hindu or Jew.  They'd like you to think there is a Islamic invasion, more divide and conquer.

ILLILLILLI's picture

We've always been at war with Eastasia...

Ignatius's picture

We were paying, guiding and supporting 'al Qaeda' up to and through 9/11.

Gladio-B.  Proxies.  The strategy of tension. Divide and conquer.

Freddie's picture

Oddly enough - Most of the Amnesty pushing Gang of 8 - McCain, Rubio, Menendez, Lindsay Graham are up to their eyeballs in supporting Al Qeada for their hero Obama.   There is also middle eatern drug running involved in this.  This is another reason why they are pushing amnesty -drugs.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

The big problem I have with the new amnesty idea is that they would not enforce the border like Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham so charmingly (naively) believe they would...

zhandax's picture

The other problem is they came up with this same amnesty stunt back in the 80s to legalize 12mm (IFIRC) new voters.  Rinse and repeat?

flapdoodle's picture

I think the concept is called doublethink as first popularized by George Orwell in 1984 of course.

The idea is to get the sheep to believe both of two conflicting truths at the same time and not be bothered by it... really doubleplusgood job by our handlers since 9/11 - the sheep graze on.

zhandax's picture

Someone last week said 1984 had become a playbook.  I can't say he was wrong.

suicidalpsychologist's picture

newsflah; the cynical elites at the top of the human pyramid dont care about the morons who enlist and go die for bullshit reasons; they only care about money, that allow them to keep their power and stay at the top of the pyramid. Who gives them the money, or how it is earned, doesnt really matter, the point is to survive and dominate others humans, nothing else.

DanDaley's picture

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." It's very Middle-Eastern and McCain is a convert.

dick cheneys ghost's picture

How convenient..........John Mccain is in Syria right now meeting with alCIAda rebels

max2205's picture

You mean that Barry dicklicker....

RafterManFMJ's picture

He is? Ohhh man! I sure hope no one shows a video where they make fun of muhommad.

ILLILLILLI's picture

Someone should have taped a Prophet Muhammed catoon on McCains back...

RafterManFMJ's picture

Excellent Prank! And write on it, "Muhoumoed says behead me!"

dick cheneys ghost's picture
“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives”

''Andrew Cockburn reports in his book on Rumsfeld (2007) this conversation between the two George Bush : “What’s a neocon?” asks W. “Do you want names, or a description?”, says Poppy. “Description” “Well, I’ll give it to you in one word: Israel.”''

zionist & neo-cons.........

Ignatius's picture

Al Qaeda never seems to attack Israel.  How odd....

Freddie's picture

The Saudis are in that group too.  The House of Saud are supposedly Iraqi you know whats.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

The two biggest aspects of criminal shite about the EU

Are the mauling of the Southern European working people for the accursed Satanic euro, having Greek children beg for food while taxes go to pay banks and bondholders

And then NATO, the North Atlantic Terrorist Organisation

Now the EU itself supplying weapons to torturers and murderers, when it is clear most actual Syrians would rather have the brutish Assad instead of the Islamist terrorists supported by the EU

Go, Vlad, Go ... Be the Strong Russians and give Nato a good kick in the arse

walküre's picture

I'm astounded. You are finally seeing the light!

css1971's picture

torturers and murderers

And cannibals.

This is not going to end well. Anywhere.

noless's picture

I'm sorry, i somehow missed the cannibalism angle, is there a link to something about that.