Has the economic war against Russia been expanded to Germany?
The economic war that has been raging against Russia for at least three years, has been expanded against Europe, especially Germany, says RT analyst Pepe Escobar. Escobar, Brazilian, is also a columnist for Asia Times Online.
Published: August 2, 2017, 5:39 am
The latest US sanctions mean halting the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and forcing the EU to buy expensive US natural gas.
The Russian business paper Kommersant has reported that Moscow, among other actions, will retaliate by banning all American IT companies and all US agricultural products from the Russian market, as well as exporting titanium to Boeing. Some 30 percent of all their titanium comes from Russia.
“On the Russia-China strategic partnership front, trying to restrict Russia-EU energy deals will only allow more currency swaps between the ruble and the yuan,” Escobar says, suggesting that the sanctions are cementing the relationship between the two countries.
As the energy wars heat up, a Middle East-based source told Escobar that “the message in these sanctions is the EU has no future unless it buys US natural gas to cut out Russia. To deny Russia the natural gas market of the EU was the goal behind the just lost war in Syria to put the Qatar-Saudi Arabia-Syria-Turkey-EU pipeline in and the opening to Iran for an Iran-Iraq-Syria-Turkey-EU pipeline. None of these plans worked”.
The source added: “The destruction of the Russian natural gas market in the EU has become a national priority for the United States,” as at least a third of all EU oil and natural gas imports come from Russia.
Russian natural gas and oil is secured by overland routes and is not dependent on the oceans, which, as the energy source stresses, “are no longer under United States control. If Russia in response to United States belligerency drops an Iron Curtain over Europe, and redirects all its natural gas and oil exports to China and Asia, Europe will be utterly dependent on largely insecure sources of natural gas and oil such as the Middle East and Africa”.
Another US business/political source, according to Escobar, says: “This is what it’s all about. That is the true goal of Russia, and the United States has fallen into the trap. The United States has had enough of Germany and what it considers dumping of German products on the United States through rigged currency. They are now threatening Germany with sanctions, and there is nothing Germany can do with the EU on their back facing vetoes from Poland, who is giving them trouble once again. The fools in Congress are really going after Germany, and throwing Germany in the arms of Russia.”
A German-Russian alliance could eventually lead to a reorganisation the Eurasian land mass.
“The Russia-China strategic partnership is extremely attractive to German business, as it smoothes access via the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),” Escobar added.
According to the business/political source, “Germany is having second thoughts about being nuclear cannon fodder for the US. I have discussed this in Germany, and they are thinking of renewing the Reinsurance Treaty with Russia. No one trusts this US Congress; it is considered a lunatic asylum. Merkel may be asked to leave for the leadership of the UN, and then the treaty would be signed. It will shake the world and end any thought of the United States being a global power, which it isn’t anymore”.
The source joked: “This time Germany will not make the mistakes of 1914 and 1941 but will stand against their traditional Anglo-Saxon enemies. The United States has truly become today’s Carthage and the disorder in Congress reflects the same stupidity of Carthage facing Rome. Legislators undermined their genius Hannibal as they are undermining the greatest president of the United States since Andrew Jackson. As Sophocles wrote in ‘Antigone’, ‘God first makes mad those he wishes to destroy.’ This Congress is mad.”
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