Comments on: Vladimir Putin’s most effective weapon is gas – but not the poison kind http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090916 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:47:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090916 Rather than fight over who gets to sell gas to Europe, we should be building up emerging economies in order to make more customers. China and Russia do very little to help emerging countries.

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By: jungdan http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090915 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:19:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090915 Wow! What is the point of this article – to further vilify Russia for doing what the US and Western Nations do on a regular basis. If Reuters of Josh Cohen want to engage in some meaningful journalism, please direct your attention to how the US intervenes in other nations, destabilizes their governments, buys their support, is corrupted by US corporations etc.

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By: VVS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090751 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:42:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090751 Reuters: “Gazprom is first and foremost a tool of Russian foreign policy”.
…Natural gas supplies to Europe began from the Soviet Union in the 70s – on the basis of an agreement with Germany, “Gas – Pipes”. It was a mutually beneficial project, and all these years the cooperation has only increased, serving for the preservation of peace and stability in Europe. However, the US intervention and attempt to “squeeze” Russia from Europe (in favor of the US and British corporations) has led to imbalance and growing crisis in Europe. In fact, now there is an attempt to break the cultural, historical, economic and military ties of Russia by force of the Western money. There is only one small question: What for?

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090683 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:34:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090683 QuietThinker: There is no ban on gas exports. You’re thinking of crude oil. We export lots of natural gas now. OMG… LNG :)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsb ysector/energy/11563761/US-to-launch-bli tz-of-gas-exports-eyes-global-energy-dom inance.html

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090679 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:32:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090679 Putin’s window is closing on gas exports. On the supply side, new reserves are found every day in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans away from Russia. On the demand side, new alternatives for electricity and passive solar designs for heat are cutting demand. Putin’s big card is still big, but shrinking daily. Chinese and Western investors are buying up Russian gas rights (within Russia) and Putin is losing control of his own leverage assets. It’s funny to watch.

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By: QuietThinker http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090590 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:44:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090590 All the more reason that barriers to exporting US natural gas should be eliminated and government should facilitate the building of the necessary infrastructure. While exports cannot replace the gas supplies from a GAZPROM pipeline, they can in some part mitigate the leverage that Putin gains through GAZPROM.

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By: Mottjr http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/07/28/why-vladimir-putins-gas-weapon-may-be-his-most-powerful-foreign-policy-tool/#comment-1090572 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:04:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=42348#comment-1090572 USAID plays the role of monitoring and destabilizing systems around the globe where needed under the guise of aid umbrella spending an average of over $30B US tax payer dollars per year. Author of this article, hails from this background. While his focus on Gazprom’s impact on Russian economy and politics are understandable, we’d like to see a similar article on legalized corruption top-down in US in the form of – lobbying, trade-bodies/free-trade, Fed/banks operations, defense/medical and the like – all collude to pilfer public funds in sums far greater than the annual tax receipts leading the nation to the current levels of enormous national debt, global incompetence, weakening of local systems through massive polarization and the like. Once you see this picture, Gazprom and the story above, will seem like a side-story.

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