Здравствуйте. Вся информация этого сайта бесплатна. Вы можете сделать пожертвование и поддержать наше развитие. Спасибо.

Hello. All information of this site is free of charge. You can make a donation and support our development. Thank you.

2014-06-20 17:55:00

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Russian intelligence agencies are covertly funding and working with European environmental groups to campaign against fracking and maintain EU dependence on Russian gas, the head of Nato has claimed.

Answering questions after a speech in London, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Nato secretary-general, said improving European energy security was of the "utmost importance" and accused Moscow of "blackmail" in its dealings with Europe.

"I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations – environmental organisations working against shale gas – to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas," Mr Rasmussen, former Danish prime minister, told an audience at Chatham House, the international affairs think-tank.

His remarks followed a wide-ranging speech on Nato's mission and purpose after Russia's takeover of the Crimea earlier this year, and an explosion of jihadist violence in the Middle East.

Mr Rasmussen did not detail the nature of his suspicions about Russian involvement with environmental groups.

The 28-nation EU bloc depends on Russia for about a third of its oil and gas needs but has significant shale gas reserves that could permanently curb its high dependence on imports.

A Nato official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Financial Times that the alliance believed Russia was engaged in "a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy".

"The potential for Russia using energy supplies as a means of putting pressure on European nations is a matter of concern. No country should use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion," they said. "We share a concern by some allies that Russia could try to obstruct possible projects on shale gas exploration in Europe in order to maintain Europe's reliance on Russian gas."

Some experts have speculated that one of Russia's motivations in fomenting separatism in eastern Ukraine is to stymie efforts to develop the region's shale gas reserves.

Royal Dutch Shell last year struck a production-sharing agreement to develop the Yuzuvska field, which spans 8,000 square kilometres in and around Donetsk.

Denis Pushilin, one of the most prominent leaders of the separatist Donetsk People's Republic, was previously best known for organising sparsely attended rallies against shale gas exploration in Donetsk. In May, Mr Pushilin said the Donetsk People's Republic had banned the extraction of shale gas in territory it controlled in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has also been suspected of pulling strings behind protests against fracking in Bulgaria and Romania but green groups in both countries have angrily rejected charges that they are puppets and dismiss the idea of Russia's influence as a conspiracy theory.

Romania's president, Traian Basescu, suggested that Russia was playing a role in trying to thwart Chevron's shale gas development near the village of Pungesti. Advocates of shale gas have also said Russia was trying to shape popular opinion by co-opting the Orthodox church, as priests have led protests.

Environmentalists reject the charges and accuse the Romanian police of acting as a private security force for Chevron.

Bulgaria has eastern Europe's closest ties to Russia. Critics of Boyko Borisov, then prime minister, said that he buckled to Russian influence in introducing a shale gas ban in 2012. Activists say, however, that they changed the law by mustering thousands of demonstrators into cities to vent their outrage about the danger that shale development would pose to drinking water and geological faults.

ft.com

Tags: RUSSIA, EUROPE, GAS

Chronicle:

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
2018, July, 16, 10:35:00

CHINA'S INVESTMENT FOR NIGERIA: $14+3 BLN

AN - China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) is willing to invest $3 billion in its existing oil and gas operation in Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday following a meeting with the Chinese in Abuja.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
2018, July, 16, 10:30:00

LIBYA'S OIL DOWN 160 TBD

REUTERS - Production at Libya’s giant Sharara oil field was expected to fall by at least 160,000 barrels per day (bpd) on Saturday after two staff were abducted in an attack by an unknown group, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
2018, July, 16, 10:25:00

BAHRAIN'S GDP UP 3.2%

IMF - Output grew by 3.8 percent in 2017, underpinned by a resilient non-hydrocarbon sector, with robust implementation of GCC-funded projects as well as strong activity in the financial, hospitality, and education sectors. The banking system remains stable with large capital buffers. Growth is projected to decelerate over the medium term.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
2018, July, 16, 10:20:00

NIGERIA'S GDP UP 2%

IMF - Higher oil prices and short-term portfolio inflows have provided relief from external and fiscal pressures but the recovery remains challenging. Inflation declined to its lowest level in more than two years. Real GDP expanded by 2 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of last year. However, activity in the non-oil non-agricultural sector remains weak as lower purchasing power weighs on consumer demand and as credit risk continues to limit bank lending.

All Publications »