Russia is Preparing a Massive Strike for Georgia as it Seeks to “Strangle the EU” of Oil from Azerbaijan
Now this is a very interesting move by Russia even as it moves trainloads of tanks towards NATO and the West. This is also solidifying Russia’s relationship with Iran and BRICS. Here is more from Warnews247, translated from Greek via Google for your convenience.
By Vassilis Kapoulas
Shocking information is circulating in the Russian media about an impending energy crushing blow to the West. Russian media are preparing the ground for Russia to close the last energy valve of Europe, namely all pipelines passing from Azerbaijan to the EU.
The Russian strike will focus on controlling all of Georgia and the pipelines that pass through its territory.
The Russians seem determined along with Iran to completely close the Caspian to the EU and at the same time control Central Asia and its energy corridors on behalf of Eurasia.
This information comes as the energy war between the West and Russia culminates with the recent demand for a ceiling on the price of Russian oil and its products.
At this moment literally all the hopes of the West and specifically the EU have fallen on Azerbaijan and the pipelines that pass through this country.
Russia’s grip on Central Asia and the Caspian
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, for the 6th Caspian Summit not only brought the evolving Russia-Iran strategic partnership to a deeper level, but the five littoral states of the Caspian Sea agreed that they would not warships or NATO bases are allowed in the area.
This essentially shapes the Caspian as a virtual Russian lake, and in a secondary sense, as an Iranian one – without compromising the interests of the “three” countries, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
As the Caspian Sea is connected to the Black Sea by canals off the Volga built by the former USSR, Moscow can always count on a reserve fleet of small boats – always equipped with powerful missiles – that can be transported to the Black Sea at short notice. it it’s necessary.
Stronger trade and economic ties with Iran now go hand in hand with the three “countries” engagement with Russia. The gas-rich republic of Turkmenistan sends most of its exports to China.
Under an arguably more pragmatic new leader, President Serdar Berdimuhamedow, Ashgabat may eventually choose to join the SCO and/or the EAEU.
But all signs point to Tehran stepping on the pedal to strengthen ties with Moscow. It just gained full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) – the first and only West Asian nation to do so – and is now seeking to join the BRICS. The compass for the course of Iran’s foreign policy has been set.
The role of Georgia and South Ossetia
It is no coincidence that the new president of the Republic of South Ossetia, Alan Gagloev, suspended on May 30 the recent decree of his predecessor Anatoly Bibilov, which announced a referendum on unification with Russia on July 17.
Any union of South Ossetia with Russia would not favor all of Moscow’s geopolitical plans.
Officially, the reason for the cancellation was the need for consultations with the Russian side while it was emphasized “the inadmissibility of taking unilateral decisions on issues that affect the interests of Russia” .
“Today we see that our strategic partner, the Russian Federation, is dealing with geopolitical issues, carrying out a special operation in Ukraine. We must understand our strategic partner” said South Ossetian sources.
The same opinion was expressed by the Ambassador to the Russian Federation Marat Kulakhmetov:
“The decision on the referendum was made without taking into account the opinion of the Russian side.”
Russian sources say that Georgia’s behavior does not leave much room for a peaceful resolution of the disputes. Moscow seems determined to control the entire flow of Caspian oil and natural gas.
The fact is that the union of South Ossetia with Russia will mark the final Russian control of about two kilometers of the Baku-Akstafa-Tbilisi-Gori-Samtretia-Supsa (Azerbaijan-Georgia) 840-kilometer oil pipeline.
However, Russia does not gain control over the rest of the pipelines that pass through Georgia in the direction of Turkey and the EU. For this reason, it needs a “detonator” that will blow up the region and cause Russian military intervention.
This reason will be given by South Ossetia in the future.
Therefore, it is not surprising that on April 7 of this year, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that the alliance will extend military-technical support to Georgia. On April 27, the US State Department announced plans to send an additional $35 million worth of arms shipments to Georgia in the near future.
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijan-Georgia pipeline is operating without interruption in all sections including the section passing through the territory of South Ossetia.
Thus, at the end of November 2021, the thousandth tanker loaded with 650,000 barrels of oil from the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli offshore oil and gas block left the Supsa terminal in the Black Sea
This supply was intended for Italy. The operator, BP, is busy pumping through this pipeline. Ayten Hajiyeva, BP’s Vice President for Georgia, said that
“Baku-Supsa is an important international oil route. And a good example of our safe operations in Georgia and the region”.
The same opinion was expressed by Eldar Gaziev, Director of Export Pipelines BP Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Eldar Gaziev:
“We are proud of the high performance of the Baku-Supsa pipeline during its more than 20 years of operation.”
More than 700 million barrels of oil have been transported through the Baku-Supsa pipeline since its opening in 1999 until the beginning of 2022. According to BP (May 2022), at least 100 thousand barrels of oil are still pumped through this pipeline.
So the factor of oil pipelines is the driving force of developments in the region.
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