EDITORIAL: Russia’s Breathtaking Gas Hypocrisy

EDITORIAL

Russia’s Breathtaking Gas Hypocrisy

One of those truly amazing moments in the annals of Russian hypocrisy occurred last week, a demonstration of such flagrant two-faced dishonesty as only the Russians can produce.

No sooner had “prime minister” Vladimir Putin expressed outrage over Ukraine daring to import less gas from Russia than expected than Putin himself was infuriating Turkmenistan by refusing their gas shipments to Russia.  According to the Turkemen, in their case Russia’s action resulted in a massive explosion at a terminal that was not prepared to have gas flows back up so unexpectedly, Russia having given no warning of its actions.  Russia threatened to fine Ukraine for not buying enough; it didn’t offer to pay a fine to Turkmenistan, of course.

As always, Russia’s actions cut off its long Pinnoccio nose to spite its double face.  Aside from making itself a ridiculous spectacle of childish hypocrisy, both Ukraine and Turkmenistan are now furious with Russia, and bending even more dramatically towards the West.   Russia alienates nations who should be its friends (compare Russia’s relations with Ukraine to America’s with Canada, its relations with Georgia to America’s with Mexico) and makes itself look like an unreliable third-rate power reduced to ludicrous displays of petulant fury rather than intelligent policy.

Russia’s arrogance, in thinking it can get away with this sort of nonsense, is the natural result of the total absence of critical parties in parliament and of objective reporting in the news media. More and more every day, those who rule Russia do so from an Ivory Tower which prevents them from perceiving the world accurately, like the infamous Emperor with his New Clothes.

Just as such a situation could not continue in the USSR, it cannot continue in Putin’s Russia.  Just as surely and inexorably, modern Russia is being eaten away from the inside.  Just as surely and unexpectedly, it will collapse.

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4 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia’s Breathtaking Gas Hypocrisy

  1. Rooshia imposing the fine on Ukraine ($5oo,000,000) is an example of trying to finish the country, which cannot help the lessening demand for gas. Even the Eastern parts of Ukraine’s ethnic Russian dominated regions, would rather be in Ukraine. Don’t forget Moscali blew up the Georgian Gas pipeline in Winter. Now Georgia gets gas eleswhere. Ukraine has enough of it’s own gas for domestic use, other than for those industries, owned by Oligarchs mostly loyal to Moscow. The Party of the Regions, black hand blockades the parliament and causes all sorts of riots and demonstrations using “russian colonists” and “payed political tourists”, mostly grandmothers now, waving blue flags. Sometimes the members of the BS fleet help out.

  2. An example of Russia’s idea of how to win friends and influence people.

    A good thing all said as it means that Turkmenistan (major gas producer) will seek to develop markets/pipelines to the EU (Nabbucco) and China and cut out the perenially untrustworthy and unreliable Homo Sovieticus middlemen.

  3. Looks like Turkmenistan is going to nail the Russians big time for this, their patience with Russian duplicity & stupidity has finally run out it seems.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Pipeline_Explosion_Stokes_Tensions_Between_Turkmenistan_Russia/1608633.html

  4. Russia is just stalling for time and selling “Wolf Tickets. No way can they stop this from happening:

    Iran is offering an alternative setting up its own gas business to Rival Gasprom. By becoming a major natural gas supplier to the EU. Iranian gas will be supplied to European countries via Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea and further onto Greece and Italy” (RIA Novosti, April 1). Nozari supplied few details, but added that Iran had been in contact with its European partners and that a trilateral agreement between Iran, Syria and Iraq was needed in order to make the project viable. “Iran will transfer gas to Greece and Italy through Iraq, Syria and the Mediterranean Sea,”

    On the same day, Alexei Miller, the CEO of Russia’s Gazprom, issued a stern warning to the EU: “We realize that with the growth of globalization of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) market…and at a time when documents are being signed which ignore Russian interests, it is time to re-evaluate our strategy towards LNG and the need to undertake new projects in this field.” (Kommersant, April 2). Miller was evidently referring to the recent EU-Ukrainian agreement to renovate the Ukrainian gas pipeline system -without Russian participation. The deal prompted a strongly negative Russian reaction (EDM, March 27).
    Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 69 April 10, 2009 Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, Iran, Russia
    By: Roman Kupchinsky

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