Bidensliv!

In my latest article for RT, I discuss Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s sense of betrayal at the US decision to waive sanctions on the North Stream II pipeline. Is it the American equivalent of the ‘Putinsliv’ (Putin’s betrayal) – i.e. the Bidensliv? Read here and find out.

17 thoughts on “Bidensliv!”

  1. From within my own nitwit universe, America as driving force may well have managed to stop other Russian pipeline project, historically, thus Kiev may well have concentrated on those earlier projects …

    In Germany, the Green Party still seems to hope it can be stopped. There are supporters in other parties. Never mind all the money spent up to this point. They should try to finish it before the upcoming election.

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    1. The Heinrich Böll Foundation is the Green Party aligned while formally independent party foundation. Here is a link to its Ukrainian head, Sergej Sumlenny

      Or maybe better choice:

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      1. The Green Party in Germany has the peculiarity that its base is foremost against militarism. Still, its leadership is a neocon in foreign policy favoring military interventions and regime change. They solve this dichotomy under the disguise of interventions “for humanitarian reasons,” “the need to protect.” It is not a surprise that their candidate for chancellor has been the only candidate to appear at a forum organized by the Atlantic Council earlier this year. She also puts on her CV that she is a member of the German Marshall Fund, a pro-Atlantic organization. Similarly, a couple of weeks ago, the party’s co-leader requested “defensive weapons” for Ukraine. In a nutshell, the leadership is very anti-Russia, and they use any news as an argument to seek the cancellation of Nord Stream 2, the enlarging of the EU towards the east, sanctions, and more. The Heinrich Böll Stiftung only reflects this ideology.

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      2. rriveramx, yes, not such a bad assessment.

        But concerning Russia, it would be worthwhile to take a closer look at all German ‘centrists’ parties.On Crimea they will no doubt have to all fall into line that Russia violated international law.

        Sarcasm alert: To return to Sergej Sumlenny’s Ukrainian NATO membership desires, the ability to offer the basis of the Russian Black Sea Fleett basis to the US as top dog and NATO may thus be considered Ukraine’s best bargaining chip among the political class. 😉

        The US will get a lot of concessions from Germany concerning Ukraine. They already agreed, it feels quite some time ago, that they will continue to use the Ukrainian transit route. And between the lines one might be able to detect that if Northstream is finished, it does not necessarily need to be used to the extent expected by the partners.

        The Ukrainian nascent renewable energy market has crashed over Corona, leaving a huge budget deficit in the public institution created to buy and resell renewable and other energy sources, I understand. And the coal lobby has taken over the energy scene. Isn’t coal in the East? Wrong?

        Ukraine will surely have to pay market prices for energy from Russia now, no more bargain price. To be able to do so, it needs sponsors.

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      3. @moon German elites are the masters of virtue signaling. In that regard, yes, they will likely not recognize Crimea in a generation, and you will see many words of support for Ukraine. But also, German elites are very attuned with what is called Deutschland AG, the intertwined network of interests between big corporates, unions, and local politics. Deutschland AG dominates Germany’s foreign policy’s interests strongly.
        The country needs cheap energy to remain competitive internationally, and for that, it is ready to throw Ukraine under the bus. We should not forget that Germany already has the highest electricity prices in the world.
        It is conspicuous that there has never been any proposal to finance and upgrade the Ukrainian pipeline network to maintain it as a regional hub for gas. German elites want to pocket the savings of skipping intermediaries and do not want to be caught in a dispute between neighbors that threatens a reliable energy supply.

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    2. “They should try to finish it before the upcoming election.”

      You are either immensely naive, have no clue about energy politics or the feasibility of renewable resources only or think the Greens actually are a party to be taken seriously.
      Or are you one of the true believers who really is convinced that renewable energy kann eventually satisfy the energy demands of a still industrialized country/. For the scope ahead, better read this:
      https://tu-dresden.de/ing/maschinenwesen/ifvu/evt/ressourcen/dateien/Veroeffentlichungen/VWS-2013-6_Beckmann_Scholz_Pieper.pdf?lang=en

      Who still believes that NS 2 is the only way that Russia kann sell its gas, did not pay attention, because Russia is ready and willing to drop the EU in the worst case for Asia and the preps have already been set in motion. When the pipeline is stopped, first of all there are heavy non compliance fines to pay by the Germany, the needed gas – and anyone who believes that gas will not be necessary for a few decades again did not pay attention or lives in LaLa land – will have to come from the really dirty fracking supply by really “clean tanker” service from sources that are to last maybe ten years with yearly diminishing yields – and that is in the prime fields that are almost all put in production already.
      Or the Germans will freeze their collective arses off hooking up e-heaters to a net that is not capable to either supply or transport the needed power.
      A reality check: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/05/06/the-reason-renewables-cant-power-modern-civilization-is-because-they-were-never-meant-to/?sh=40dfbfe7ea2b

      And then there is of course the simple fact that without vast storage capacities – or nuclear baseline supply – renewables like wind, solar can never play the role of a stable source. And the costs, including environmental costs, of sourcing what is needed for high capacity fields of batteries is simply not appreciated
      https://www.technologyreview.com/2018/07/27/141282/the-25-trillion-reason-we-cant-rely-on-batteries-to-clean-up-the-grid/
      Added on top an increase of capital costs, space and the environmental cost to produce the materials needed to get the net ready and the production of turbines and panels that at best have a lifetime of 10 years safely working, +/- 5 years vs. gas fired plants of about 50 years, even the most tunnel visioned greeny might come to think that the environmental benefits of renewable energy are in truth not clear cut.

      Sorry to distract from the topic, but I find the moons naive belief in “green” or better “green washed technology” being the solution rather dangerous for a Germany whose citizens are falling for the propaganda of the industry that only has one thing in mind – the found a new field to makle money, one that can be sold as environmentally beneficial to the clueless punters.

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      1. You are either immensely naive, have no clue about energy politics or the feasibility

        I was more or less quoting, without having even read his article to the end, see his Böll Foundation articles,

        Sergej Sumlenny
        1. März 2021
        Selenskyjs Energiepolitik bremst Erneuerbare in der Ukraine aus

        *******
        The article made me curious about who he is. Or his personal genesis, or his professional background before becoming head of the Böll Foundation since 2015. Before he was for one year and four month head of the Task Force Sanctions, after having been head of Puplic Relations for the Schneider Group for about the same lenght of time:
        https://schneider-group.com/de/

        *******
        Personally, look I know that sounds pretty me-me-me, but nevertheless I live in the German Heinrich-Böll-City. A late friend, a Böll family member, worked for the party early, he helped me to save at least one edition of the really quite good German-Sanskrit dictionaries for a friend, one of all the books pulped instead of burned post ‘Wende’. Chosen arbitarily.
        Anyway considering my age, something we talked about, remember?, I do have quite a bit of both observer impressions and direct insider party knowledge over the decades.

        But yes, while my personal energy consumption footprint is pretty small, you might be surprised how small, I rarely ever voted the Green Party versus a Southern German majority in my family.

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      2. And the costs, including environmental costs, of sourcing what is needed for high capacity fields of batteries is simply not appreciated

        you run in open doors.

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  2. Some in the US establishment have spoiled the Kiev regime. The likes of Farkas and Maddow refer to it as a US ally, which it in fact isn’t.

    Deep down, a good number in the US foreign policy establishment know the Kiev regime’s shortcomings.

    Thee Kiev regime played a large role in the development of Nord Stream 2.

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  3. Wise Russian proverb say:
    Каждый сверчок, знай свой шесток.

    Translation: Every cricket, know your own perch (on the hearth).
    I think, the semantic meaning is, that if an individual cricket starts to think he is more important than he actually is, well, then, disappointment can be the inevitable result…

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  4. Dear Paul, good day, here is an article from your homeland the U.K that you might find relevant. The upcoming G7 summit will definitely offer a lot of material for your writing:
    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b32ee17e-c704-11eb-b6f5-fed739e7c1ca?shareToken=71957884d3f5adf3a747d0cdf59ceaf3

    The Biden team seems to be repeating the errors of the Obama administration, which snubbed loyal allies, launched a gimmicky, counterproductive “reset” with Russia and performed a fruitless “pivot to Asia”. Donald Trump’s reputation for foreign policy incoherence, by contrast, looks increasingly undeserved. He was right on China (exemplified by the Biden administration’s continuation of his policy). He correctly castigated Germany for its stingy, incompetent and complacent approach to defence. He also boosted the US military presence in Europe from its perilously skinny level.

    The uncomfortable truth for this and every administration is that Europeans are unsatisfactory allies. They always have been. Moreover, they think the same about the bossy, uncouth, protectionist United States. But a difficult partner on the other side of the Atlantic is better than none.

    Showy naval deployments aside, Britain has little to offer on the only issue that matters in Washington, of Indo-Pacific security. We lack the clout or the connections to fill the gap the US is leaving in Europe. We should enjoy our moment in the spotlight as we host the G7 summit. But let us be under no illusions about our guests’ priorities.

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  5. So as it turns out clueless Banderastanis jumping on Maidan while chewing rolls from ‘Tori Noodle’s bake sale is no basis for a system of government.

    Who knew?

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  6. Maybe Putin offered Hunter Biden a job on the Board of Gazprom with hefty monthly salary.
    In return for Biden Papa stop obstructing Nord Stream 2?

    It’s just a theory, but it sounds “plausible” !

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  7. I call it the Sakhashvili Swerve. (™Georgia 2008)

    Ze should have realised exactly what would happen, naiveté being no excuse. Washington is overflowing with BS but they were never going to put New York in the crosshairs to save Kiev.

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    1. In Zelensky’s defense, he is a court jester. And used to be quite a good one, too. I remembered posting this piece around a year ago, as a recap of one of Zel’s funnier sketches.

      In that sketch from 2014 Zel plays Biblical Noah, and some geopolitical humor ensues… I kind of miss that funnier Zelensky to the idiot he later became.

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