Attack Against Nord Stream 2 Renewed with Vigor: Whose Interests Does It Meet?

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Economics dictate national interests. Foreign policy is the tool used to advance it. Moscow has to fight back on all fronts, but the truth is that Washington does not care much about chemical attacks in Eastern Ghouta, the Salisbury poisoning, election meddling, or so many other fairy tales used to justify its anti-Russia policy. These are just pretexts to promote US economic interests abroad.

Gas exports to Europe present exciting opportunities but supplies from Russia are cheaper and more reliable. So the US needs to get rid of the obstacle in its way - the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Germany.

Washington will do anything to achieve this cherished goal.

On March 15, a bipartisan group of 39 senators led by John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to the Treasury Department. They oppose NS2 and are calling on the administration to bury it. Why? They don’t want Russia to be in a position to influence Europe, which would be “detrimental,” as they put it. Their preferred tool to implement this obstructionist policy is the use of sanctions. Thirty-nine out of 100 is a number no president can ignore. Powerful pressure is being put on the administration. Even before the senators wrote their letter, Kurt Volker, the US envoy to Ukraine, had claimed that NS2 was a purely political, not commercial, project. No doubt other steps to ratchet up the pressure will follow.

Their loyal friends in Europe chimed in almost simultaneously with the US lawmakers. Polish Foreign Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has proven himself to be a master at telling horror stories about the scariest things that might happen once the pipeline is up and running. On March 2, the speakers of parliament in Ukraine and Moldova signed a letter addressed to the chairs of the parliaments of the EU countries, warning about the repercussions. This is “a destabilizing factor” that will weaken Europe, they exclaim. Of course it is. Paying more for gas brought in on ships that can change course to head for a new destination if the price of gas elsewhere becomes more alluring will naturally make Europe stronger. Good reasoning!

On March 11, the leaders of the parliaments of Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania signed another open letter to the parliaments of the EU states to warn them against the construction of NS2.

It’s not a commercial project, they say, it’ll make you dependent on Russia. "Gazprom … is not a gas company but a platform for Russian coercion"affirms Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former head of NATO who now works as a consultant for Ukraine. Estonia has also joined the choir as one of the strongest critics of Nord Stream. The European Commission opposes the project too, but lacks the legal grounds to prevent private investment from flowing in.

Europe needs this commodity and Russia sells it. What makes this “not a commercial deal”? Dependence? From this perspective, any customer who makes a choice then becomes “dependent” on the vendor. Who is keeping them from getting gas from other sources? The sea lanes are all open, if they need to use them. Poland and Lithuania have already built terminals for liquefied gas. But it’s more expensive and the prices in the Asia Pacific region make that market more attractive. To woo US shale-gas exporters Europeans will have to pay more. Don’t they have the right to choose what suits them best?

As practice shows, writing letters is not enough.

There are “stubborn” leaders at the helms of some European states who dare to put their national interests first. Just think about it! If “America First” is fine as a slogan, then what’s wrong with an “Austria First” policy? One daring young man who is protecting the interests of his country is Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. He openly supports the Nord Stream 2 project. And he is not alone. Germany continues to back it despite the pressure. Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the NS2 project “poses no danger to diversification.” The German-based think tank ewi Energy Research & Scenarios has estimated that the project “has a price decreasing and welfare enhancing effect in the EU-28 overall.”

But Washington could not care less about its allies, which is clear from its opposition to this project. Its interests are self-centered. The US is not only promoting its liquefied gas supplies in Europe but is also trying to make it easier to pay for its plan to keep Ukraine in its orbit to use as a springboard right on the Russian border. Nord Stream 2 will make the gas-transit route via Ukraine redundant, depriving that country of much of the €1.8 billion (nearly 2% of its GDP) it earns annually in transit fees. The blow to the Ukrainian economy would undercut the US and EU’s financial support for Kiev. In addition, the revenue from NS2 would mean profits for Russia, thus softening the impact of the West’s sanctions. The European countries that vehemently oppose NS2 also want the US military based on their soil. And even if that presence is already there, they want more of it.

Europe is split over a lot of issues, but in the EU, NATO, and the Council of Europe there is a pro-American camp ready to dance to the US tune. And Poland and the Baltic States are happy campers. Whatever happens, they’ll snap to attention, click their heels, salute, and do as they’re told by Washington. As a result, their taxpayers will pay for US weapons although less costly and more efficient systems could be acquired elsewhere. And it is the ordinary people who’ll have to shell out for US shale gas shipped by sea instead of the much cheaper supplies coming from Russia. It’s just as simple as that. European taxpayers will have to pay for this “America First” policy unless the governments of such European states as Germany and Austria stand tall and refuse to bow to pressure.

Comments

zoghead Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:37 Permalink

Can we expect the puppets Macron, & Merkel to dance to Uncle Sam's tune already? 

Wait, if it's gas from Russia it may be poisonous ..no?

Haus-Targaryen zoghead Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:01 Permalink

It's all a massive joke. None of it matters. The powers that be remain completely in control until something outside of their control deprive them of it.

The only thing I find interesting is Germany's stance to NS2 aligning with Russia's. 

Time will tell who Germany is simply "playing nice" with -- the US or Russia. 

I have my gut feelings but they are of no value. We are still in suspended animation until this economic collapse happens (the good scenario)/ is allowed to happen (the scary one).

Time will tell. 

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H-O-W Haus-Targaryen Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:10 Permalink

It's the Anglo-Zio empire reverting to what it always does best, suppress Germany or any other continental European power.  The Brits have lived in eternal fear of the Germans since the mid 1800's.  Their entire foreign policy since then has been how to keep Germany down.  They gladly "set the table" for both World Wars in order for the Germans and Russians to beat each other into oblivion and thereby keep England as the one true Euro power.  They have used their Atlanticist Strategy to get an otherwise neutral USA in the late 1800's onto their side and it is so successful that in the USA today people regurgitate the "special relationship" or "best allies" mantra on will in relation to the USA and the UK and Israel.  This has been reinforced through decades of Hollywood brainwashing to the point where 99% of Americans do not know that there used to be another vision, one whereby the USA-Germany-Russia could allign and bridge the northern hemisphere. 

NS2 resisitance is just a continuation of this strategy. 

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Adolph.H. H-O-W Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:54 Permalink

That's a very decent point my friend. They are afraid of the return of Adolf, along with an alliance with mother Russia. That would spell the end of it. 

Add to this that Anglo Zionists always do what they do best: lying through their teeth and accusing other of their misdemeanors. 

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simulkra H-O-W Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:59 Permalink

Agreed but a bit later. Germany not unified until 1871. German steel production did not pass Brit until c 1900. Zios had complete control of Congress x 1911 - only 1 vote against Bill to punish Russia for banning Zio terrorists. Brits only  really got US lined up with WW, WWI & Balfour Declaration. Plus Russia has been Brit's main imperial rival since fall of Napoleon. NB Brits allowed Trotsky to travel to Russia in 1917(Canadians held him, MI6 said 'he's with us'). Hows that for betraying yr ally. Certainly WWII (post Pearl Harbour) all abt having Germany and Russia bash each other to bits - only explanation for slow march in Nth Africa and farcical Italian campaign.

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H-O-W simulkra Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:07 Permalink

Indeed Germany only "came into existence" in 1871, but the Brits saw it comming.  They witnessed a land without any railroad networks and steel production in the mid-1800s rise to surpass England in total rail lines and steel production in under 40 years.  This scared the shit out of them.  Their strategy to keep France down was then re-directed to Germany as they anticipated a challenge to their power over Europe out of Central Europe. 

They, the Anglo-Zio banking elite, sat back and set the table for both World Wars in order to destroy the rise of Germany-Russia.

And yes, the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 was the final nail in the coffin of getting the USA back under their control.  The talk out of the USA before then, of a future where the USA-Germany-Russia determined the destiny of the Northern Hemisphere was too much for them to take, because they knew IT WOULD WORK.  Therefore, subvert the USA.  They had already been doing it in ernest since beofre the American Civil War, they just ratcheted it up after that.

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Posa H-O-W Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:55 Permalink

Correct.. the dope peddling British Empire could not compete with the rising US- Russian- German industrial powers... so the Brits pitted the Germans against the Russians (who were stupid enough to comply) ... and the American Oligarchy joined the Brits during the McKinley -TR years... What followed was a new Thirty Years War (1914-1944) ...

The Anglo- Americans are losing their grip to the Sino-Russo Alliance... Germans still remain baffled and clueless.

 

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Haus-Targaryen SoDamnMad Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:27 Permalink

But look at the good side, you're: 

1) Money isn't going to those evil greedy Russians, but rather to your trusted friend and ally who only selflessly cares about Europe's peace and security; 

2) No longer dependent on a megalomaniacal dying empire to heat your home in the winter; and

3) Showing your slavic solidarity to your Anglo brethren, as the Anglo empire has always stood firm in their defence of the Slavs and would never do anything which could impede your nation's "sovereignty".

sarcasm intended     

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Joe A Haus-Targaryen Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:25 Permalink

You are still occupied by the Anglo-Americans. As long as 97k US soldiers are stationed all over Europe, Europe will never be boss in its own house. Europe is easy to divide and the US knows it. It knows all too well how to play that game. Did you notice how the UK is tuning up the diplomatic, political and military rhetoric and efforts in the Baltic and the Balkans ever since the Brexit vote?

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gdpetti Joe A Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:13 Permalink

True, there and in our colonies in Japan/South Korea... but those troops are also pawns in this Great Game... totally expendable as is all of DC, deep state etc.... the entire OWO establishment is disposable, thus the 'outing',... setting the troops up for liquadation is classic... starting another nuc war is the same on a larger scale.. to cull the herd on a periodic basis... even though Mother Nature will do most of the job herself in a few years.

Germany might play the OWO game on most political fronts, but not economic, not when it's their economy on the line, that is their breaking point.. and Merkel et al knows it... she is expendable as well, isn't that obvious? The only energy they can count on is from Russia, especially as the sun goes quiet and the next ice age approaches freezing up their northern territories... which might affect those pipes if not buried well... but how long before all that ice affects them? the Russian fields etc? So, it's all inevitable eventually, but the OWO isn't designed for tomorrow, only today, and today, Germany wants the security of this new pipeline.

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moon_unit zoghead Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:41 Permalink

The EU clearly doesn't actually believe a word of the Skripal hoax. Check the wording of the statemant they issued... they allowed the "of a type developed by Russia" Boris weasel-phrase invention, but added absolutely nothing else. Silence.

They even called it a "bilateral issue" between UK and Russia, in other words, the EU want nothing whatsoever to do with the story, for them - it stinks, and they will not be drawn into conflict over it. Austria were even more insistent on providing actual evidence.

 

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tonyw moon_unit Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:06 Permalink

"of a type developed by Russia" is not a Boris weasel-phrase but one used because the scientists are not willing to state it is Russian.

"of a type developed by xyz" can be used to imply many things, e.g. i have a gun of a type developed by America - even if manufactured by China.

The link to Russia is made with the first statement and most people will not think further. When something is announced immediately without any investigation then it is for propaganda and serves its effect. Take for example Syria and the chemical weapons, immediate response is "Assad did it" - this sticks in people's minds. It helps if the lie is frequently repeated.

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DelusionsCrowded moon_unit Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

Europe ? Europe is full of American Military bases and CIA agents . Any appearence of independence is a  pretence for dignity . Makes them easier to manage . But Europe is completely penertrated by Masonic Order . Illuminati set policy but its important that the Sheeple are kept in the dark , lest they become too curious and want to know where the real power resides . 

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LA_Goldbug Wed, 03/21/2018 - 03:43 Permalink

"Gas exports to Europe present exciting opportunities but supplies from Russia are cheaper and more reliable."

Is Europe stupid enough to buy liquified gas from the US ? I pray not. US has no problem wheeling and dealing with Communist, oh sorry Democratic China !!! Ahhh yes, Evil Putin is in charge obstructing the Cabal. Anglo-Zionists are not getting a cut from anything sold to Europe that is coming from Russia. That is "THE ISSUE", The Cut. No mulla from those huge $$$$ sums.

hibou-Owl Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:04 Permalink

And when the junk bonds in uS energy blow up, what happens to LNG supply.

It's plain good business sense to have at least two suppliers, otherwise it's a monopoly and you get screwed.

Maybe the yanks need to pull their heads in, and stop being global cunts 

toocrazy2yoo Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:23 Permalink

LNG should stay HERE. I want a royalty. Fat chance. But if I can't have THAT, no oil or gasoline or LNG goes overseas until OUR energy prices are cheap. They strike oil under our collective gardens and all WE get are the dead tomatoes of high energy prices. Fucking thieves.

Golden Showers Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:23 Permalink

Western Europe: Uptight dick holes depending more on Brussles than sovereignty. Who cares? If you don't want Russian gas don't buy it. I mean, how simple is it?

Western Europeans are twats. They're insane. What can one do?

Russia: put that gas on the shelf. Jack the price every time someone wants to suck your breast. Fuck them. Fuck them. And keep killing it in Syria to get the line. Obviously Turkey taking the East isn't shit.... but priorities. Take care of Syria.

Yeah. I just know that St. Petersburg is this place that is butt hurt over not having Benny Hill or I claudius BBC programs and that you all are facing enormous push back from the citizenry over it. That's bullshit. The opposite is true: Every day Russia get's more bad ass.

Perhaps there will come a day when Russia and China will stop being butt hurt and just kind of exhale. That would be cool. Or just do it.

Hoffman Lenz Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:30 Permalink

"Chancellor Angela Merkel believes that the NS2 project “poses no danger to diversification."

 

I had to lol at that. NS2 won't stop her destroying her country through 'diversity'.

WTFUD Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:33 Permalink

The latest sabotage attempt on NS2 came from that great bastion of democracy, Denmark, who objected to the sea bed pipeline passing through/under their territorial waters. The Project's main contractors Allseas reckon to reroute it will add 5% to the overall budget.

Allseas are also the main contractors of Turkstream, 2 pipelines being laid, and going about their business fastidiously at 5km per day. Turkstream will come on line by 2019. The EU can then depend on Turkey, not Russia, to guarantee their daily FIX (Bwahahaha ).

Meanwhile China & Russia are building more transit routes and investing in large Energy JV's inside Russia.

Do your worst Uncle Goldman & Partners as the minnows Latvia & Lithuania, even the Kurds, err, the Poles wont decide EU Policy.

 

JohninMK WTFUD Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:25 Permalink

Also, whether the gas comes via NordStream2 or Ukraine the Russians still get their money.

Also, as you hint, at the time the Russian transit contract ends, Dec 2019, they start pumping similar volumes east to China so the Russians will still get the money even if it stops going west through Ukraine as Russia has said pretty emphatically that it will.

A point not mentioned, and possibly as important to the banksters in NY as the LPG, is that US operators (remember Biden's son) are sitting ready to grab Ukrainian pipeline assets (that need investment that Ukraine no longer has, due to the US led coup in 2014) so the US will get the bulk of the transit fees.

Also, Germany is probably looking forward to taking those juicy transit fees, for doing almost nothing, that Ukraine gets currently. Whilst saving the 5% mentioned gives an interesting opportunity for 'consultancy fees' to key players in Denmark. Remember Schroder getting a top job shortly after giving NordStream1 the go ahead?

Only one problem with southern Europe getting their Russian gas via Turkey is that they haven't built the high capacity inter-connector pipeline into Turkey from Bulgaria, or Greece, yet.

 

Yet again TPTB riding roughshod over the interests of the general population.

 

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burocracy Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:34 Permalink

Actually, the route picked is NOT chosen according to Germany's energy needs: it's designed in order to deny Germany any interest in Eastern Europe, and to deny Poland any leverage on Germany. Bear in mind that shallow as the Baltic is, underwater pipelines are costlier.

TeraByte Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:50 Permalink

US with its “exceptionalism as God´s chosen leader of the free world” cannot accept any rivalry in global politics, which by Washington´s standards must also include a unilateral control over planet´s natural resources. Puppet Yeltsin the Drunk served this cause well, but coming Putin changed the game. The guy is nationalistic and this does not suit to NOW, which wanted to crab Russia´s enormous resources almost at for nothing. This is the very issue today, where all means serve the goal. Look at Assiria (Syria) and you get it. Whether it is Crimea, Ukraine, Russian elections, North Stream 2 or any other crisis, they all have one single denominator.

Fireman Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:57 Permalink

The long overdue alliance between Germany and Russia cannot be stopped. The anglozionazi empire of carnage is finally at the crossroads and all the Skripal false flags and lying presstitutes will not change the future. Anglozionazi desperation is palpable and a pleasure to behold as the island monkeys on Pirate Rock try to frame Russia for their own insanity. Germany has no need of the Atlanticist sewer, its interminable judaic wars and Soros herded Muslim detritus and everybody in Germany knows it. With the coming IOU Saudi Mercan petroscrip "reserve currency" toilet paper dollah collapse and the great flush of toxic derivative shit from the Wall St septic tank nothing can save the Potemkin Village "economy" of Pentacon ghouls, in-bred neocohens and arms merchants.

Unleash the civil war in Slumville already because if there is anything that USSANS are better at than gratuitous global violence it is random gratuitous violence in Slumville USSA.

 

Karma time bitchez!

Genocide....always an anglozionazi speciality

https://thesaker.is/the-british-spy-skripal-hoax/

DelusionsCrowded Fireman Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:19 Permalink

Germany is a Masonic State . THEY didn't flatten the country in WW 2 to let it gain independence . Their politics and judiciary are  fake , all would be Masons garentteed . Thats ofcourse only my opinion .

Its the German people that created the wealth , not the policians . Merkel ? The media still support her . That should tell you something. 

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Caloen Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:08 Permalink

Let's at least agree that there is a contradiction for Germany and the EU to keep the sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine while at the same time cutting this deal with Putin. What is the policy exactly?

DelusionsCrowded Caloen Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:03 Permalink

Russia didn't invade the Ukraine , it was an American Coupe detate . Well proven to anyone paying attention . Russia just did'nt and doesn't have the industrial muscle to do anything about it . Russians don't want war , this is what so absurd about Nato Saber Rattling ,its just propaganda . An indepent Russia means an independent China and Eurasia .

 

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Joe A Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:29 Permalink

The argument against NS is that Europe will become dependent on Russia for energy supply. Well, there is another side to that coin. Russia becomes dependent on Europe buying their gas. Nobody is going to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Even during the darkest days of the Cold War, Europe was buying gas from the SU.

JohninMK Joe A Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:09 Permalink

Excellent comment on an aspect of this that is rarely mentioned.

Also, whether the gas comes via NordStream2 or Ukraine the Russians still get their money.

Also, at the time the Russian transit contract ends, Dec 2019, they start pumping similar volumes east to China so the Russians will still get the money even if it stops going west.

Also, Germany is probably looking forward to taking those juicy transit fees, for doing almost nothing, that Ukraine gets currently.

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Lokiban Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:41 Permalink

This is a wet dream come true for Trump.
He already stated that he wants to break up the EU and create trade deals with individual countries because as a bloc the EU is too strong to milk out.
So then, Nordstream 2 will be the tool to break the EU then?

Mike Masr Wed, 03/21/2018 - 06:48 Permalink

March 26, 2018 the SFE will launch Crude Oil Futures & dump Petro Dollar

The Shanghai Futures Exchange (SFE) will begin trading in Crude Oil Futures on March 26th. The Petro Yuan will be the currency used for trading, settlements, margin and deliveries on Crude Oil.

Do not forget that Saudi Arabia's largest trading partner is China. Expect all of the SCO countries with Russia and China as well as BRICS countries to dump the Petro Dollar and use this new SFE exchange and the Petro Yuan. Other countries under US sanctions like Iran and Venezuela will most likely dump the US dollar and use the Petro Yuan.