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RUSSIA COMPLETES THE NORDSTREAM 2 PIPELINE

Amid all the geopolitical fallout from the American-Afghanistan fiasco, there's one story that slipped quietly under the radar this past week, and that's Russia's completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline to western Europe via Germany (story shared by P.T., with our thanks):

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Fully Completed - Russia Celebrates 'Failure' Of US Efforts To Stop It

You may recall that former President Trump pressured Germany not to complete the pipeline, and offered to sell then-abundant US energy to Germany in return for a pull-out. As the Zero Hedge article observes, the Bidenenko regime reversed this policy (as well as the Trump administration's domestic energy policies) in return for German assurances that that country will not allow the pipeline to be "politicized," i.e., used as a weapon of economic and energy coercion by Russia over Germany.

It's with this bit of geopolitics that I am concerned today. Wisely, Chancellorin Merkel rebuffed Mr Trump's offer, and gave the go ahead for the completion of the pipeline. And it's easy to see why: shipping energy supplies across the Atlantic is bound to be more expensive than a pipeline directly from Russia.

But I submit, in the wake of the Afghanistan fiasco, that there was probably also geopolitical reasoning behind Germany's decision. While the American media was busy hosting various generals and Senator Lindsey Graham-Cracker over the past few years, reassuring the American public that we were making "progress," the reality on the ground was quite different, as we now know.  This had to have been apparent to our allies. With the ignominious collapse of the American position there, the USA's unreliability as an ally has been underscored once again, so Germany is hardly to be blamed for betting on Russia, a neighbor close to hand, rather than dubious supply lines across the Atlantic and American assurances to supply energy, and defend the supply line, especially in the face of Chinese pressure in the western Pacific.

And then there's this (courtesy of E.G., to whom a thank you for sharing this tell-tale chart):

The picture here is clear: as America began to wage its "war on terror" after 9/11, China was slowly displacing the USA as a trading partner. The graphs are headed by the question; "Who you gonna call?" Germany can't be blamed for calling Moscow, and not Washington.

See you on the flip side...

32 thoughts on “RUSSIA COMPLETES THE NORDSTREAM 2 PIPELINE”

  1. Is this the reason that in the Netherlands they keep announcing that the yearly energy bill for gas per household will increase with approximately Euro 500 per year due to a shortage???

  2. Maybe this will end WW2 in Europe at least that leaves Eastasia to be evacuated by the CSA. It is long overdue for the CSA to stop being the muscle for the Shadow British Empire.

  3. In a kinder and benevolent world, it makes more sense to use the oil that’s closer.
    10 years ago the gas and oil boom out west was extreme. It’s slowed down tremendously but they still have all their drilling sites still producing or capped and ready to go. I always wondered where all that oil and gas went; maybe underground or off planet. The oil companies were signing contracts to deliver huge amounts to Japan but the drilling and pipe lines were never approved.

  4. Trump had a realistic point of objection: that a NATO member critically dependent for energy on a potential adversary was not going to be reliable NATO ally.
    Of course Germany isn’t anyway – Merkel and her lady defense minister let the German military degrade into a sham.
    Trump wanted to sell them relatively expensive US LNG, but there were/are almost no existing facilities for LNG import.

  5. NS1 and NS2 can be considered as a modern day era Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact between RU and GER. It is a geopolitical move on a part of these countries and nothing else. No other countries were invited to build that pipe, even though it goes thru economic areas of several Baltic states. including Finland, Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Latvia. Even Ms. Merkel admitted so. This pipe will give Germany almost complete control over energy sources/prices to lots of Western EU, but real aim is at the Eastern Europe starting from Poland in the North and ending in Greece in the south. Putin with this pipe has hopes to bring Lukashenko(BY) and Zelenski(UKR) to his knees. There are already preliminary reports that Russia is periodically closing the gas pipe going thru UKR territory and that’s just a beginning. Germany on the other hand with a new pipe will have a great blackmailing tool. For Italy wanting to leave euro zone or for Central European and Balkan countries hesitating to implement a EURO as their currency.
    And finally contrary to the popular opinion, that Germany needs a stable energy sources and only Russia can provide that, there is a plenty of gas off shore of Scotland and Norway that will gladly take German business. This is how Central and Eastern Euro countries are trying to prepare for the future blackmails of GER or RU. They building Baltic Pipe Line with gas from Norway and UK.

    1. Good points… Wasn’t there also talk about a pipeline directly to Italy from somewhere?

      Another major geopolitical issue is involved, as far as I can tell. This pipeline has potential ramifications for the U.S. dollar as reserve currency and for the influence of NATO (the U.S.) over Germany. If Germany, and Europe more broadly, isn’t dependent on importing natural gas from the U.S., then it seems logical Germany will be less dependent on the dollar system and more independent in terms of its foreign policy. That would seem to be another nail in the coffin of U.S. unipolar power in the world.

  6. With six million vampires in the oven, garlic gas comes in handy.

    NORD STREAM 2

    As garlic became cordon sanitaire,
    vampires went into despair,
    screaming en masse
    about garlic gas,
    smelling Gazprom in the air.

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