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Carl
Friday, September 12th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Gazprom assures Germany of stable gas supplies in future

TEHRAN TIMES :| - 11SEPT 08



LEIPZIG, (RIA Novosti) - The head of Gazprom assured German consumers Wednesday that they could continue to count on the Russian energy giant for stable natural gas supplies.

“Gazprom has always been a reliable partner of VNG and Germany, and I want to assure you that it will be so in the future,” Alexei Miller said at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of Germany’s largest gas distribution company, VNG.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to address the celebration, which gathered guests from Germany and its partners, including Russia, France, Norway and Britain.

Miller said safe and reliable energy supplies had always been central to Gazprom...........

“Energy security is a bilateral thing. This means there should be both a reliable supplier and a reliable consumer,” the businessman said, referring to Germany, Russia's largest gas importer.

Gazprom and VNG first started working together 35 years ago.

Despite the close ties in the energy sphere, there have been tensions of late between Moscow and Berlin over Russia's decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, with Merkel describing the move as “totally unacceptable............”


And yet, even so .............life goes on it seems.:|:D

Patrioten
Friday, September 12th, 2008, 12:51 PM
The head of Gazprom assured German consumers Wednesday that they could continue to count on the Russian energy giant for stable natural gas supplies.Of course, they will supply you with all the energy you need, as long as you do not do something to piss them off, for then you're out in the cold. To have our energy-supply dependant upon Russia's good will, to me, is a terrifying prospect. Short term it might be cheaper and easier to get our natural gas from Russia, long term however there is no telling of how things will be 10 years from now as we grow ever more dependent upon Russian gas-deliveries.

Does anyone here believe in eternal peace? With our money, the Russians can and will rearm and rebuild their military. It might come to a point where for some reason or another, we want to back out from our energy deals with Russia due to economical or security concerns, but will find ourselves with a virtual knife to our throat, unable to free ourselves from their leash.

Like the man says in the article:

Energy security is a bilateral thing. This means there should be both a reliable supplier and a reliable consumer,” the businessman said, referring to Germany, Russia's largest gas importer.If the consumer becomes "unreliable", the supplier might get angry.

Carl
Friday, September 12th, 2008, 01:05 PM
This is the debate !! ;) One might say its riding the Tiger to make the journey. The same argument about building up their strength might also be applied to China - which, although further away, is also rising very fast with a huge military development - largely based on Western trade .

There's a difference. China trades its produce - not least its electronics! Imagine Russia doing that . Nevertheless.

Here , short of conflict, Russia and Germany benefit... and others of course... so long as they are not too troublesome.Quite! One therefore assumes Germany isn't!

compare:

http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?t=101087

Hauke Haien
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 04:57 PM
Once Nord Stream (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nord_Stream) is built, it will be possible to cut off supply to the different countries of Central Europe separately and Russia will try to secure Germany's neutrality or active cooperation in the matter.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4c/RF_NG_pipestoEU.gif

Hauke Haien
Monday, November 9th, 2009, 11:43 AM
On Nord Stream Pipeline, 'Germany Must Take a Selfish Stand' (http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,659774,00.html)

The Swedish and Finnish governments have finally consented to the construction of an ambitious new gas pipeline from Russia to Central Europe after years of opposition. German commentators welcome the removal of this last obstacle to the project but express reservations about Russian geopolitical ambitions.
Source: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,659774,00.html