Bulgaria Halts South Stream Pipeline Again As NATO F-15s, Troops Arrive

Tyler Durden's picture

As we detailed previously, Bulgaria had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project, whose construction has stoked tensions between the West and Moscow as it enabled gas supply to bypass troubled Ukraine (thus squeezing the desparate economy back into Russia's hands). In early June, Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski ordered an initial halt (after Europe offered the nation's suddenly collapsing banking system a lifeline). This time, Energy Minister Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project as it does not meet the requirements of the European Commission. Of course, we assume this decision (to halt a 2nd time) is entirely independent of NATO's deployment of 12 F-15s and 180 troops to Bulgaria's  Graf Ignatievo Air Base.


As RT reports, all operations on Russia’s Gazprom-led project South Stream have been suspended, as they do not meet the requirements of the European Commission, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Economy and Energy said on its website.

“Minister of Economy and Energy Vasil Shtonov has ordered Bulgaria’s Energy Holding to halt any actions in regards of the project,” the ministry said. This specifically means entering into new contracts.


There has been mounting pressure from the EU to put the project on hold, and now the European Commission will be consulted each step of the way to make sure it complies with EU law.


European 'anti-monopoly' laws prohibits the same company to both own and operate the pipeline. However, Gazprom and Bulgaria had previously struck a bilateral agreement regarding that aspect of the project.




Bulgaria is the first country traversed by the pipeline on land, after a section that runs beneath the Black Sea from Russia.

Wondering what the catalyst for this sudden decision might be???

Troops and fighter aircraft from the 493rd Fighter Squadron have been sent to Bulgaria as tensions in Eastern Europe continue to run high.





A dozen F-15s and approximately 180 personnel from the 493rd, based at RAF Lakenheath, England, have deployed to Graf Ignatievo Air Base to participate in a two-week bilateral training exercise with the Bulgarian air force, Pentagon spokesmen Col. Steve Warren told reporters Monday.


The exercise began Monday and will continue through Sept. 1.


The purpose of the deployment is to “conduct training and focus on maintain joint readiness while building interoperability,” Warren said.


The move comes at a time when America’s Eastern European partners and allies are concerned about Russian military intervention in Ukraine. There are fears that Moscow might try to destabilize other countries in the region.


“This is a reflection of our steadfast commitment to enhancing regional security,” Warren said about the exercise.

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How will Putin react one wonders?

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y3maxx's picture

...NATO(USSA) sends F15s to stop south pipeline which guarantees the start of WW3.

VATICANT's picture

You bet your sweet ass it does

knukles's picture

How will Putin react?
Invade and Occupy Helsinki... Finland is not a NATO member, BTW.

That or just cut the fucking gas off.

Who the fuck cares?  Putin holds all the millions of cubic meters

kaiserhoff's picture

Halted?  It's August in Europe.  Every damn thing is halted except drinking and fucking and trying to get a little sunshine to help you survive the winter.

Le Carre on weather along the Rhine - "Sometimes the fog is colder.  They call that winter.  Sometimes the fog is warmer.  They call that summer."

Pure Evil's picture

Not to worry. Global Warming and Al Gore will keep everyone warm and cozy through the coming winter months.


sushi's picture

They can always burn F-15s to stay warm.


RafterManFMJ's picture

Dear Russia.

Fuck Europe. Begin MOAR pipelines to China, and India.

nidaar's picture

When the winter comes
And EU starts farting ice
We'll see about pipeline halt
Nevertheless I'm going galt

Oracle 911's picture

No NATO invasion there. Move along.

angel_of_joy's picture

Yeah, Bulgarians don't need any Russian gas, they'll syphon those F-15s first. Only problem I see is that Bulgaria gets 90% of its gas from Russia. But I'm sure they will build some LNG terminals, just in case some of that American shipped gas makes it into the Black Sea...

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Most of it goes through Old Yugoslavia (South Slavs), and might therefore be nicknames YugoStream.

Or, in light of the NATO kibosh, be called NoGoStream.  /s

p.s. This move was predictable, but it truly exposes the massive (wide and deep) scale that the US and its NATO flunkies will go to, to rule the world.  If they were to route it via Greece, the same thing would happen:  NATO and GS.  The US is FORCING a long, cold winter onto the Europeans, and if I were a European, I'd be MASSIVELY PISSED at both the EU Ploticians and the US Regime.  So much, so that I'd boycott EVERYTHING American.

Malachi Constant's picture

Turning off Russian gas is the outcome that the US is after, so it is not very likely at this stage.

Just to clarify: the US started the whole color revolution franchise with the goal of gaining control of European gas supply. Their current priority is to prevent Russia and Europe from making any kind of a viable alliance.

As for Bulgaria - NSA must have collected enough unpleasant info on European "leaders" that they are so eager to make suicidal decisions.

Do American taxpayers realize that they already are in the real, active world war, - from which they stand to gain nothing, as usual?

ZerOhead's picture

Do the Europeans realize that their leaders have just handed the Ukrainian Nazis (and Biden Jr.) control over their energy future?

palmereldritch's picture

The NATO leaders could use some colorful nicknames like "Fat Tony" or "Jimmy Two Times"

Freddie's picture

Yup.  The USSA and Soros plus Biden's kid wanted in on the skim.  The Europeans will be paying extra.   The corruption is mind boggling.

Aussie V's picture

No, I think you are wrong on one point. The US stands to gain a LOT through a European War involving Russia.

The Russian view is, that the US gained it's World Number One status because of WW2 and, they believe the only way to keep it is, through WW3 which, if they can swing it right, will be between Russia and the rest of Europe.

The US believe they can wipe their debt off via a war and once again be the last Nation standing with Europe and Russia in ruins.

That is the plan anyway!

Malachi Constant's picture

You are perfectly right, except in one point: it's taxpayers, not tax absorbers, who lose wars. QED.

JuliaS's picture

In WW2 the oil rich West opposed Germany and Japan on the grounds that they were industrially superior during the coal era - had world's best factories and rapid high volume transportation via the railroad networks. Combine that with access to oil and the 2 countries would've ruled the world for the next 100 years, completely displacing Britain and US as the centers of commerce.

There was one chance to put oil have-not's into a stranglehold, turning technological superiority into a fuel-starved disadvantage.

What's happening today is that Russia, possessing no technological superiority, has the oportunity of putting the entire Western Europe into a similar stranglehold, shifting the balance of power away from the petrodollar. And since US and Japan are pretty much intertwined through bonds and trade deals, it would also amount to marginalizing Japan.

This is a reason for war alright. WW1 and WW2 ocurred at the points where access to fossil fuel was ready to make or break nations. We're in the exact same situation yet again. Pipelines could potentially redraw borders. A war is already on the way. Alliances are formed. We're just waiting for the Archduke Nukem moment.

Who are the Axis and who are the Allies? They're the BRIC's vs. those shitting them.

conscious being's picture

Great post except for the bit about Russians don't have superior technology. In some cases, they do. For example, they shut down the targeting systems on the first Ageis destroyer sent into the Black Sea in response to Ukraine tensions. They also lift all of NASAs heavier junk.

Bioscale's picture

Very good point.

These are the known unknowns. But there are the unknown unknowns which russians are going to reveal when the time comes.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

A significant part of Intended Consequences is to...

- Place Russian gas and pipeline companies into tougher financial positions.

- Place Putin in an ever tougher position domestically

- Keep moving NATO troops ever closer to Russia, and encircle from all sides (like a Python)

This TOTALLY reminds me of the dirty tricks that the cocksucker Roosevelt pulled, in the years prior to Pearl Harbor:  Deliberate, Sustained and Escalating Economic and Political Provocations and Sanctions -- all designed to FORCE A MASSIVE ATTACK by the opponent.  Its purpose is the classic Sucker Punch, to mobilize Domestic Approval for War.  Pure and simple.

Some FAQs:  What can Russia and the BRICS do, to play a DIFFERENT GAME, and to put the sand into the gears of their opponent's economy?  Would things like Ebola, regional wars (in ME or Gulf) put enough pressure in oil supplies, and whom would it hurt more: the Chinese or Americans? 

So many variables, so many pieces and timeliness, such a large symphony to conduct in a very time-sensitive manner.

RafterManFMJ's picture

I agree 100%. 

The only problem is, sometimes the attack you precipitate turns into a TKO.  EMP, anyone?


Unfortunately it looks like things have become a little bit more complicated and messier. Iran wants to sell gas to Europe.


Majestic12's picture

I'm sorry, "folks", but NATO and its poster boy, Antlers Fogg RatsAssMutton, is just a bunch of satanic, sick fucks....they are kiling children around the world like a full court press....this isn't collateral damage, when the collateral is the target....just who the frick are the "terrorists"?

Escrava Isaura's picture

Who cares about Europe.

The future 'demand' is in Asia.

VATICANT's picture

So they're halting for two weeks? Putin no reaction really. Or are they trying to halt for ever and ever? Because then Putin's going to be PISSED

El Vaquero's picture

Pissed?   All he has to do is lure Count Chocula and "Yats" in Ukraine to shut off Russian gas supplies to Europe as part of their boneheaded sanctions against Russia.  It will hurt Russian revenues pretty bad, but all that they would need to do is sit back and survive while pointing the finger at Ukraine.  Russia would then have a free hand to do whatever the fuck it wants after people start getting cold.

The_Prisoner's picture

Looks like the Nazis are invading Eastern Europe again. So it looks like Russia will have to stop them, again.

BlindMonkey's picture

Thank god for the Russians they have a leader that appreciates Russian nationalism rather than fears it. The Russian body count will be viewed as a bug rather than a feature this time.

The_Prisoner's picture

Make no mistake, it will once again cost Russia dearly in blood and treasure. But, once again, they will prevail agains the forces of nihilism.

"Also set in historical precedent is US collaboration with fascists. Far from limited to sponsorship of Pinochet-style military governments in Latin America, it’s worth recalling that Wall Street actively financed Adolf Hitler’s rise to Weltmacht. And so today the ultra-nationalists of Ukraine enjoy Washington’s tacit support as they drive to ethnically cleanse the country’s south and east of Russians and attain a pyrrhic victory for their ideology"

"Behind inane sloganeering on freedom, democracy and human rights lies a relentless desire to destroy. Sovereignty must be ended, sex and the family distorted unto grotesquery, and God usurped by Mammon. The nation – the great extended family – must be annihilated. What the Brave New World needs are neither Russians nor Ukrainians, but demographic biomass engineered for exploitation."



BlindMonkey's picture

Jesus Christ.  Aren't we cheery?


Fuck man.  The doom porn just keeps getting more and more apocalyptic.  Every week brings a new point where I think we can't sink deeper.  I have been very wrong 3 weeks running.  I am going to buy and store 2 more 5ths of Blue Label for this.  When I break them out, you should know this will be the band balefully striking up for the last time on the deck before breaking in two and sinking, implacably beneath the waves.  

The_Prisoner's picture

No one can escape the war, because the war is inside each of us.

So just put your "house" in order.

ZerOhead's picture

10 bonus points for "Count Chocula"...

Bankster Kibble's picture

Agreed, let's see if Bulgaria changes its mind again after the jets go home.  September.

conscious being's picture

Agreed again. As pointed out up thread - Everyone in Europe is on vacation in August. Nothing was going to happen in August anyhow.

This is how the ants try to stay alive when the elephants are getting readyto fight.

Let them eat iPads's picture

How will Pootin react?


With one of his patented Derek Zoolander faces, no doubt.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

One would be an idiot to not believe Gazpromia already has a plan B for 'South Stream' and that plan puts Bulgaria in company of Ukraine.

The_Prisoner's picture

He doesn't need to react. He can win by doing nothing. Europe needs the energy more than Russia needs the cash.

That's why the west keeps trying to prod him into reaction.


Fuku Ben's picture

Black Knight takes White Pawn

813kml's picture

White King takes Mulatto Queen.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Yeti steals Reggie's brown Slim Jim.

MKD's picture

nothing new.

bulgarians are like a sunflower, wherever the sun is,is where they face.today they drink with you and tomorrow they are your enemy.

Majestic12's picture

...or dinner....you should meet my Reptile friends....

WhyWait's picture

Bulgaria gave the Nazi's a really hard time.  They have a proud history of fighting for their independence and resisting foreign domination, and they made their own way within the Soviet block.  They are only now discovering how profoundly they sold (or were stripped of) their sovereignty when they joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.  Very sad.  

StormShadow's picture

Bulgaria MUST be demonized at some point. After all they are the main supplier of US bound AK variants (damn fine ones at that) now that Saiga/Izhmash/Molot/Tula are out of the picture. Who knows maybe Poland will get painted black eventually, too, completely ending AK importation into the US (China was taken out long ago). All part of Holder's plan...back door 2nd Amendment infringement.

And all while CIA funnels AKs n ammo to ISIS....Murrika!!

logicalman's picture

Anyone who is unable to discearn a pattern here, is being willfully blind or has a room temperature (ºC) IQ.


trulz4lulz's picture

<Average Americans comments on Ukraine>

(Uniformed) "Ukraine? Will it keep me from going through the drive-thru? No? Dont care?"

(College Educated and Informed response) "Ukraine?!?! Whatever it is, Im sure Obombya will out class, whats his name? Putin? Yeah, thats his name, Putin, what a stupid name. What were you talking about? Oh yeah, just bomb them, problem solved. Fuck Russia."

(Highly Informed Voter) "Fuck Vladamir Putin, if he would have staying out of The Ukraine during the olympics and allowed the Western Ukrainians to form a peacful Government none of this would have happened. Instead he annexed Crimea, launched an invasion into Western Ukraine and is funding the rebels. We should bomb Iraq and show him who the boss is around there."