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Putin Aims to Divide and Conquer EU Energy Strategy
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  • Andrew Allison

    It doesn’t have to be a completely unified approach: any countries who want to opt out and pay the price in terms of dependency should be allowed to. But the “Energy Bloc” will be working hard to lessen its dependence on Russian gas (LNG) which may, in the longer term give them more leverage than individual countries.

    • Василий Батарейкин

      we have free market , don’t we? so Russia provides best price and best conditions, so what’s the problem? Oh, the problem is Russia, and that you want to destroy it with any price, all the other reasons are fake and imagined.

      • hecate9

        Some europeans want collective bargaining with Gazprom–therefore the USA wnats to “destroy Russia.” Really?
        Enough withj rational argument. It’s nice to hear some good old-fashioned Stalinist paranoia for a change!

    • rheddles

      If they want to opt out they can. But then it should be clear they are opting out of everything, EU, NATO, etc. It’s time to pick a team and play.

      • Andrew Allison

        Members have the option of leaving the EU, NATO and the eurozone (and, presumably, an “Energy Bloc”), but there’s no mechanism for expulsion. Being dependent on Russian gas comes with a political price, and the other members must be becoming a bit concerned about Hungary. There’s also the question of what of the European Commission is willing to give away to prevent a country from escaping its grasp (

        • rheddles

          Sides are being chosen. Time for nations to choose. Hungary is not in the EU’s grasp, it is part of the EU. If things have to be given to it to keep it in the EU, the value of the EU is diminished and it is no longer really a part of it, but a satrap.

          • Andrew Allison

            We’re largely in agreement. The points which I was making were that Hungary can cozy up to Russia as it wishes and can’t be expelled from the EU, and that Junker will go to great lengths ( to avoid anybody leaving because it could start a trend that would diminish the (unelected) power of Brussels.

  • gabrielsyme

    I don’t see this as the deadly threat to Russian interests that is supposed. A joint buyer will eliminate the ability of different members of the EU to re-export gas within the Union. Doubtless the Kremlin wishes to maintain a system that has served its interests well, but I doubt much will change if the EU bargains collectively.

  • longlance

    Popular, patriotic, potent, prophetic, powerful President Vladimir Putin strides manfully upon the world stage, admired & respected by billions of concerned citizens who idolize him as a hero on a white horse who has stoutly & steadfastly resisted the encroachments of US imperialists & their puppets & poodles.

    • m s 57

      My God! You have your head in the clouds, and your heart sunk in historical illusions. The kind of claptrap espoused in your comments is not an intellectual critique but an advertisement at best, a work of true propaganda at worst.

  • m s 57

    The divide and conquer strategy is particularly effective when you are willing to throw around huge amounts of money to “buy” other state actors.

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