That government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish!
In the Article we are posting herewith, we see once again that the Russian Government, led by Vladimir Putin and operated by D'mitry Medvedev, is flexing it's muscle. In looking at the context of the reduction of Natural Gas to it's once closest Ally,and former Soviet Republic, Belarus, we see that the cause underlying the cut of the flow of gas through the pipeline is more about Manipulation then about debt. We have seen this situation repeated in the past where Russia has cut off oil and Natural Gas through the pipeline running into and through Ukraine to manipulate it's weaker neighbor. We have also seen the outcome, with the death of those that live in, as well as beyond the Ukraine. Although, only one-fifth of the natural gas is delivered through the pipeline running through the Belarus Pipeline as compared to the Ukrainian pipeline, the consequences of the actions will still do grave harm to those effected by the suspension of delivery through this key supply line.
Russia has seen it's once staunchest ally, and it's leadership over Belarus deteriorate. Belarus in the meantime has began to build stronger ties with the European States to the West and also has began to show independence in it's decisions from Russia. In times past, any decision by Russia, would be mirrored by the subservient and key supportive state of Belarus. Today, the more independent- minded Belarus is a thorn in the side of Russia. Upon every turn more recently, the Belarusian government has shown a more independent attitude about all things geopolitical. To the extent that those
decisions are directly counter to the preferred direction of Russia. Until we see alternative delivery routes to this region, through territories not controlled by Russia, there will be the threat of energy shortages to those that dare not bend to the whim of Russia. This will cause human suffering and even death. Concurrently, this will cause instability in the region politically, both internally in those affected states, as well as in the international relations of those dependent on Russia. Thus we hope that the markets, those independent Energy Corporations, in cooperation with the regional states will take this opportunity, and seize upon it, by creating the oil delivery pipeline that runs through Georgia, and Azerbaijian so that these disruptions can be alleviated and eliminated. The newest finds of energy at depths much greater than ever previously known is also promising in that there may be energy sources in these regions outside the control of Russia. Those potentials must be explored and if found must be developed. These combined efforts, oil pipeline delivery alternatives mentioned and exploration, production and delivery, and refining facilities for new energy will eliminate the subserviant relationship of these nations currently under Russia's whim.
From the New York Times
Russia Cuts Gas Deliveries to Belarus
MOSCOW — Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev on Monday ordered Gazprom to cut deliveries of natural gas deliveries to Belarus over unpaid debts, a step which could jeopardize supplies to Poland and other European countries.
At a morning meeting with Mr. Medvedev, Aleksei Miller, the chief executive of Gazprom, said Belarus was willing to pay its debts through barter, and Mr. Medvedev tartly refused such an arrangement, saying, “Gazprom cannot accept payment for debt in pies, butter, cheese or other means of payment.”
He then ordered Gazprom to gradually reduce supplies sent through Belarus, whose pipelines carry roughly 20 percent of Russia’s natural gas to Europe.
President Aleksandr G.. Lukashenko has said Belarus has no debts to Gazprom, and one of his top officials complained this weekend about Russia’s strong-arm pricing policies.
“It would be good if our Russian partners realized that their relationships within the CIS do not have to be based on Russian terms,” said Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov, who was in St. Petersburg for the International Economic Forum.
Mr. Medvedev’s decision comes in a tendentious political context, as Mr. Lukashenko, once the Kremlin’s staunchest regional allies, hangs back from key Russian initiatives. Over the last two years, Mr. Lukashenko has pursued partnerships with the West, agreeing to join the European Union’s Eastern Partnership.
Belarus has refused to sign off on the creation of a customs union with Russia and Kazakhstan unless Russia lifts customs duties on oil to Belarus. It has also offered a safe haven to the former president of Kyrgyzstan, Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev, who was forced from office this spring by a popular uprising supported in part by Russian soft-power tactics. Belarus is the only member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a regional security group dominated by Russia, which has refused to sign off on stabilization measures for Kyrgyzstan.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov arrived in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Monday for two days of bilateral talks. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Mr. Lavrov may have a personal meeting with Mr. Lukashenko.
Russia rushed to reassure Europe that its supplies would not be affected, saying consumption is low and Gazprom may be able to transport natural gas to Poland through Ukraine. Russia’s previous pricing dispute with Ukraine, which transports 80 percent of Russian gas exports to the west, threw Europe into crisis, something Moscow would be loath to repeat during a season when it is taking pain to repair its relationships with European capitals.