Moscow, natural gas and propaganda
The New Geopolitics of Natural Gas
The Kremlin deliberately distorts the reasons for the imposition of US sanctions, experts say
MOSCOW – The United States is trying to keep Europe in its zone of influence by all possible means, including through sanctions against Russia. This was announced on Friday, August 11, by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a meeting with young people as part of an educational forum. «Territory of meanings on the Klyazma».
According to him, «the latest package of anti-Russian sanctions has unambiguously provoked opposition in Europe, since it is written in the forehead that it is necessary to buy gas from the United States, despite the fact that it is much more expensive».
«That is, [the US is trying] to keep Europe in an Atlantic bond, and at the same time think about the interests of its energy companies, – quoted by Lavrov TASS. – This is shamelessly done through the use of completely unfair competition methods.».
Recall that the US Congress overwhelmingly approved sanctions punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential elections, the annexation of Crimea belonging to Ukraine and other violations of international norms, and President Donald Trump, after some deliberation, signed the relevant law.
As a partner of the consulting company RusEnergy, an analyst of the oil and gas sector Mikhail Krutikhin, the minister’s statement that «America sleeps and sees how to oust Russian Gazprom from Europe with its liquefied gas, has nothing to do with reality».
«American companies engaged in the export of liquefied gas – this is not Gazprom, Novatek or some other state-owned company, – he explained in an interview with the Russian service «Voices of America». – They obey purely commercial considerations, not orders from the White House or Congress..
First of all, the European consumer will buy the gas that is cheaper. Point Mikhail Krutikhin
These companies expect to sell their products where they are in demand and where prices are higher, that is, in the Asia-Pacific Basin in the first place. Secondly – In South America».
And Europe, according to the analyst, is the market where the American liquefied natural gas will go, which could not be sold at a decent price..
«Therefore, to argue that gas from the United States will purposefully displace Russian – this is nonsense, he thinks. – Gazprom, in general, can cope with the supply of any liquefied natural gas – and not necessarily from America – because it has a serious competitive advantage.
Gazprom has already developed so many fields that it can easily add another Europe to the list of consumers of Russian gas in a week. This is a perfectly serviceable transport network that can deliver these surpluses to Europe, plus the gradually weakening ruble, which makes any export profitable, and, of course, government support.».
If Gazprom suddenly decides to cut its costs, then it has enormous reserves for this in the form of the so-called corruption tax inside the state corporation itself, says Mikhail Krutikhin. According to him, the interpretation of events by Lavrov is due to both purely propagandistic tasks and attendant circumstances..
«On the one hand, Russian propaganda is being conducted against the United States, which is accused of trying to harm us for commercial purposes in Europe, he stressed.. – On the other hand, President Donald Trump personally declares that America is going to play a dominant role in the energy sector and will play such a role in the European liquefied natural gas market.».
Neither one nor the other, as it seems to him, does not correspond to the real state of affairs.
Russia is so plunged into this murmur of a propaganda campaign that already its customers themselves are beginning to believe in all this nonsense Konstantin Borovoy
«First of all, the European consumer will buy the gas that is cheaper. Dot. And some political considerations from European companies (not from governments) buying gas will be of sixth or seventh importance here. That is, it is not a priority. the main thing – how much», – he concluded.
In turn, the chairman of a political party «Western choice» Konstantin Borovoy noticed that Moscow has invented several «excuse», explaining the reasons for the introduction of the latest US sanctions, but at the same time the words «Crimea» and «Ukraine» Russian propaganda deliberately does not mention.
«Russia is so immersed in this murmur of a propaganda campaign that already its customers themselves are beginning to believe in all this nonsense., – he asserts in the comment «Voice of America». – This is the danger that Merkel had already warned about that Putin lives in an unreal, parallel world. Putin and Lavrov are afraid of reality and do not want to analyze it. This is a technology where it is not logic that is important, but the demonstration of conviction.».
Now the idea is being actively promoted that American sanctions are damaging, first of all, European business. And the propaganda is silent about the fact that a real hot conflict is taking place near the borders of European countries.
The politician is sure that the main task of the Kremlin’s propaganda campaign – drive a wedge between Europe and the United States, sow discord between them:
«For this, in particular, in the largest world publications, allegedly analytical articles are paid for, any statement is very actively used that at least somehow resembles a manifestation of confrontation in the Western community. Now the idea is being actively promoted that American sanctions are damaging, first of all, European business. And the propaganda is silent about the fact that a real hot conflict is taking place near the borders of European countries.».
This is a sophisticated technology that needs to be studied, points out Konstantin Borovoy.
«I recently spoke at the Council of Europe and called for careful attention to these technologies of Moscow’s propaganda campaigns, because this is a new instrument of hybrid warfare, and quite effective, since in the end it makes some kind of impression on Western people and even on politicians.», – he summed up.
As an example, the politician cited Juncker’s recent statement that American sanctions must be coordinated with the Europeans:
«It was turned inside out and presented (by Russian propaganda) in such a way that the EU opposes sanctions and for cooperation with Moscow. Although, in fact, the main problem that arose in connection with Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, – inviolability of European borders».
This is what Europeans really care about the most, the politician summed up