The explosion of frustration that accompanied Mike Pompeo’s words about the impossibility of stopping the construction of Nord Stream 2 shows how important the gas market in Europe is for the US
And the example of today’s “color revolution” in Algeria, designed to reduce gas supplies from this country to Europe, suggests that the United States will not stop. What else will do in Washington?
If we recall and analyze the events of recent years, a quite clear picture emerges. Euromaidan, organized by Washington in 2014 in Ukraine, should stop the transit of gas from Russia to Europe after 2020. Kiev copes with this task well.
And Moscow was ready for this.
At the same time, in 2014, the US pressured Bulgaria, forcing it to sabotage the construction of the South Stream. But here, Russia bypassed the United States – instantly reached an agreement with Turkey. And in 2019, the “Turkish Stream” was launched.
It was a hard blow to Washington, which in every way tried to prevent gas cooperation between Ankara and Moscow. Threats, blackmail and, finally, an attempt at a military coup came to the fore.
Against this background, the agreement of Germany with Russia in 2015 on the construction of the Nord Stream – 2 was another extremely unpleasant surprise.
The European gas market in the eyes began to flow away from the hands of Washington. All forces were thrown: sanctions against Russia, threats against German companies, information campaigns about the harm of the SP-2. But Moscow is steadily moving toward its intended goal, despite all the obstacles.
Now about Algeria. Algeria was a long-time partner of Russia and actively cooperated with Gazprom in the gas market.
Algeria became the world’s first exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) more than 50 years ago and remains an important supplier of this type of fuel.
The country is the largest gas producer in Africa. About half of the gas produced in Algeria is exported, from which a significant part in the form of LNG is through plants located in the cities of Arzew and Skikda.
About 90% of Algerian exports in 2014 went to Europe. Algeria is the third largest gas exporter to Europe after Russia and Norway.
The country supplies gas there through numerous pipelines and in the form of LNG.
In 2014, due to falling oil and gas prices, gas production in Algeria decreased, and plans to increase production at existing projects were postponed. However, as well as the development of new deposits.
At this point, the United States offered Algeria mining shale reserves. But for the implementation of this project, according to some sources, Algeria would have to spend 200-300 billion dollars. And this is more than all the existing foreign exchange reserves of Algeria.
The tempter, represented by the United States, offered material “help” to the Algerian “friend”, who as a result would have been in bondage to Washington. There would be a complete reorientation of the economic and military policy of Algeria to the United States.
And when in the spring of 2017, the country’s Energy Minister announced that Algeria would not develop the shale gas industry in the foreseeable future, the White House began to operate in its usual manner.
If the current government does not want to “go” for Washington, then we need to change it. Plunging the country into a civil war, the White House solved one more task for itself: to substantially reduce the supply of LNG from Algeria to Europe, freeing itself a place on the European gas market.
To do this, Washington used the technology of “color revolution”, which has been tested in many countries.
State-funded NGOs were involved: the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, the International Foundation for Election Systems, and the International Republican Institute.
Young people who do not remember the devastating civil war, began to brainwash. To this end, American social networks were fully used. And all civilian communities created and managed by the State Department began to focus protest movements on the need for a complete change of power.
And now we see major riots on Friday in Algeria demanding the removal of the entire government and interim President Abdelkader Bensalekh, who took this post after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned on April 2.
For everything that happens in Algeria, Washington’s ears stick out, who wants to carry out a similar scenario in Russia.
Alina Kuzmina, especially for the “Russian Spring”
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