Jim Willie — The Gazprom Wars and the Ukrainian Trap on The Plane Truth
Below is another excellent interview with Jim Willie of the Golden Jackass by our friends at The Plane Truth radio.
First, a few of my thoughts:
Jim Willie is discussing how the West is trying to attack the Russian Gazprom. Gazprom is a major player in the world economy. It is one of the world’s largest companies. Russia owns at least 30% of the world’s gas. Another issue raised in this interview concerns the Russian gold and what was really behind the Cyprus debacle last year, how it was related to Russia and Russian financial interests. What is Europe’s role. Russian gas pipelines and Syria. And finally, how’s Ukraine related to all this.
In this regard, also read/watch my piece explaining the Cyprus crisis.
Let’s tie the Gazprom attack idea with fracking, or hydraulic fracturing. Let’s recall that the USA, and by extension Canada, are engaged in massive fracking on their territories and in massive attempts to impose fracking on the rest of the world. Of course, fracking is an incredibly harmful and barbaric practice of gas extraction, which poisons soil and ground water, deeming the land uninhabitable, and even causes earthquakes. Read my related articles:
- Why Is Canada’s PM Harper in a Rush to Visit Ukraine?
- To All Who Care About Our Earth and Our Future: Say NO to #Fracking, YES to #Renewables!
USA is in the crisis of massive proportions. The only way to get out of a crisis, short of going to war, is to try to generate a new boom through the so-called “new technology.” Enter fracking. How harmful this “technology” is to the earth, humans, plants and animals, doesn’t matter. On another hand, Russia is getting too powerful and is refusing to toe the line the US and their handlers want. It is necessary to blow up the Russian economy and to try to weaken Russia through any means possible.
Obama has returned from a visit to Saudi Arabia. The reason for the sudden visit was really not explained very well. I believe Obama’s real goal was to try to convince the Saudis to collapse the price of oil by flooding the market. Oil is another strategic asset and the largest export item of the Russian economy. Yes, it’s even larger than natural gas. Here’s what happened the last two times USA, together with OPEC, managed to collapse the price of oil: 1. The US succeeded in toppling the USSR, which collapsed being unable to pay its bills; 2. In the end of the 1990s, as a result of the sudden drop of the price of oil, Russia defaulted on its debt.
Today, the USA is struggling to find a way to hurt Russia economically. See: Sanctions Backfire. Goodbye Visa: Russia Will Create Its Own Payment System.
So far the EU, which is being pushed towards sanctions against Russia, is very reluctant to go beyond meaningless visa restrictions on individuals and tough rhetoric. This is because in case of any meaningful sanctions, the EU would be hurting its own economy first and foremost. For example, 6,000 German companies have joint ventures or export their products to Russia. Russia is the third largest trade partner for Eurozone after the US and China. See my article: Ukraine and Presstitutes: Will Russia Cut off the EU Gas Supply?
Having trouble twisting Germany’s and Europe’s hands far enough, USA is trying to enlist Saudis as their allies again. However, this time it will be very hard to convince the Saudis for their own economic reasons. If Saudis drop the price of oil, the result may be that Saudi Arabia, held together by the bonanza of petro-profits, may cease to exist.
Meanwhile, USA’s interests to sabotage Russia go far beyond just economy. This is an involved topic and I hope to discuss it in a separate piece.
Jim Willie always has original and off-beat insights to share. Let’s listen to his take on the whole story.
P.S. Clarification of one of the points in the interview and interesting facts: Jim said that the present Russian PM and former president, Dmitry Medvedev, was at one point the Chairman of Gazprom. In the mid-2000, Putin needed extra supervision at Gazprom during the time when he was trying to clean up the oligarch infestation, money laundering and other 90′s influences in the country in general and in Gazprom in particular. Medvedev, while working as part of the Vladimir Putin’s government, also had for a period of time the nominal position of the Chairman of the Board for Gazprom in order to keep an eye on the restructuring at Gazprom.
Dmitry Medvedev is a lawyer and law professor from St. Petersburg/Leningrad (born and bred). One of the things that Medvedev’s former students and co-workers said about him was that he was known to never take bribes as a matter of principle. This was during the 90’s, when salaries were catastrophically not enough and when everyone, even in academia, took bribes. Incidentally, I describe this difficult time in Russia’s recent history in my thriller The Earth Shifter.
While working in his native city, he was first hired by then powerful mayor of St. Petersburg, Anatoly Sobchak. After that, he was brought to the Kremlin by Vladimir Putin (also a St. Petersburg native) and had been working as Putin’s advisor, and later as part of the tandem of power.
Sometimes, people confuse Dmitry Medvedev and another person, Alexander Medvedev, current Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gazprom and Head of Gazprom Export. Alexander Medvedev was born on Sakhalin, in the Russian Far East and is not related to Dmitry Medvedev. The hoax floating around that these two people are brothers has no basis. These are two absolutely different people with a pretty common Russian last name, which means “of the bear.” Medved’ means ‘bear’ in Russian.
For the full picture of what’s really happening in Ukraine, read my ongoing Ukraine-related series on this blog.
Also, listen to my recent interview with The Plane Truth: The Road to Moscow Goes Through Kiev — with Lada Ray
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Check out Lada Ray’s books that take place in Russia: The Earth Shifter and Gold Train
Posted on April 5, 2014, in Economy & Investment, Empire Collapse, Geopolitical Trends, Russia, Ukraine and tagged Can EU afford sanctions against Russia, Canada, Canada's PM Harper trip to Ukraine, Cyprus crisis, Does Merkel disregard interests of German people, EU, fracking, Gazprom, Gazprom pipelines, German relations with Russia, German Russian trade, Germany, hydraulic fracturing, Iran pipeline, Kiev coup, Obama, petrodollar, Russian gold reserve, Russian oil exports, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the price of oil, Ukraine crisis, USA aims in Ukraine. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.