Sat Oct 1st, 2022 at 08:55:29 AM EST
By destruction of Nord Stream 1 and 2, the United States and/or a NATO ally succeeded in destruction of an off-ramp for de-escalation of the Ukraine crisis. Listening to national security experts from the States there is only a way forward to go for the "kill" of Putin's demise and the annihilation of the Russian Federation, a Republic crossing eleven time zones. The threat of NATO buoyed by fascist states with a grudge pre WWII to Moscow was seen similar to the preparation of Germany in 1939-41. The Soviet Union suffered loss of lives above 40 million, an image of an existential threat nearly 80 years ago. The succes of the Red Army on the Eastern Front counted as major factor for the liberation of Europe from Nazi terror. Only China under Communist rule and extreme hunger suffered a greater loss of lives.
Although dividing the world in zones of influence is outdated, diplomacy should always have top priority to prevent total destruction in a nuclear conflict.
A call many years ago for a new Yalta deal to solve conflicts Middle East and Central Asia.
US/Russia Should Lead - A Yalta Conference on Middle East | Aug 22, 2013 |
Activate Nord Stream 2 ASAP, says German parliament Vice President | Politico - Aug. 19, 2022 |
'Addiction to Russian gas kills,' says Ukraine's foreign minister
Germany should allow the blocked Nord Stream 2 pipeline to begin pumping Russian natural gas so "people do not have to freeze in winter and that our industry does not suffer serious damage," Wolfgang Kubicki, vice president of the German parliament, said Friday.
His comments prompted a fierce response from Kyiv, where Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said "addiction to Russian gas kills."
The pipeline is completed, but Berlin in late February refused to allow it to go online in reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Germany has four months to certify Nord Stream 2 pipeline | EurActiv - Sept. 14, 2021 |
The Bundesnetzagentur must ensure that Nord Stream complies with (new) European Union rules that require pipeline owners to be separate from the gas suppliers when it reaches and crosses German waters and territory.
Saw it coming?
"A lot of people out there, particularly in eastern Europe - who've been living in the shadow of Russia - have been screaming their heads off over the last two decades that this was always coming," Marzec-Manser said, adding "everyone else" had refused to accept such a scenario.
There were still "genuine concerns" that once the war in Ukraine ended, Russian volumes to Europe would also return "by one means or another".
"But I genuinely think that we've gone past the point of no return - once the gas is gone, it's gone."
What happens if Russia's gas supplies to Germany are cut? | Clean Energy Wire - Sept. 6, 2022 |
Germany's Die Linke on verge of split over sanctions on Russia | The Guardian - Sept. 20, 2022 |
Leftwing party's future in balance after series of resignations, as former co-leader calls coalition 'stupidest government in Europe'
Such a split would be likely to spell the end of Die Linke, 15 years after it was founded in a merger between the successor to East Germany's Socialist Unity party and former Social Democrats disillusioned by their party's direction under Gerhard Schröder, and just under a decade after it formed the largest opposition force in the Bundestag's 2013-17 term.
In her speech last Thursday, Wagenknecht had called chancellor Olaf Scholz's left-leaning governing coalition "the stupidest government in Europe" because it imposed sanctions on Russia, which supplied over half of Germany's gas needs before the start of the war in the spring.
"Yes, of course the war in Ukraine is a crime", Wagenknecht said. "But how dumb is the idea that we can punish Putin by pushing millions of German families into poverty and destroy our economy while Gazprom makes record profits?" The speech was greeted with applause not only by the Linke leadership but also by delegates of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).
Wagenknecht no longer holds any official positions in Die Linke, but was nominated to be its sole speaker in the recent parliamentary session on the national climate budget.
"The thesis that the federal republic of Germany is leading an economic war against Russia reverses cause and effect", said Bodo Ramelow, the Left party state premier for Thuringia. "The phrase `the USA's economic war against Russia' is Kremlin propaganda", said Martina Renner, a former deputy leader of the leftwing outfit.
Rightwing AfD launches new campaign "Unser Land zuerst" following America's MAGA ...
The anti-sanctions policy increased the popularity of the AfD
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Leadership from Brussels totally inadequate ...
"It always makes sense to impose sanctions in those areas of the economy where we are stronger than those we sanction.
In energy, Europe is a dwarf and Russia is a giant. This is the first time I see a dwarf sanctioning a giant."
Representing Poland (not yet under EU sanctions) and husband Radoslaw Sikorski ...