On the cover: A welder repairs a part of the Friendship pipeline outside the village of Romanovka, some 230km south east of the Belarusian capital, Minsk. © Sputnik / Viktor Tolochko

by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio for VT Europe

Versione in Italiano

The unexpected interruption of energetic supplies from Russia to Europe due to unscheduled extraordinary maintenance works (details below in Russia Today article) represents a serious alarm bell for the European Union.

The suspension of the supply of this important resource, albeit temporary, takes place after Germany stopped the certification of Nord Stream 2, immediately increasing the international price of gas, as highlighted by the BBC.

It is not known whether the unexpected interruption in Belarus was really determined by the need for technical interventions on the pipelines or whether it is a retaliation against the threats of new sanctions received by the European Union which accuses President Aljaksandr Lukašėnka of having triggered the ” hybrid war ”of migrants on the European borders with Poland.

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On the geopolitical level, this temporary suspension of supplies nevertheless appears to be a warning because it will have immediate repercussions on the price of gas in the Old Continent.

Russia and Belarus have strongly rejected the accusations of speculating on the “hybrid war” which has instead been carefully analyzed in the military plan of the CEPA think tank in Washington developed with the EU and NATO leaders in which the Suwalki corridor appears to be of great importance, a few kilometers from the Kuznica border crossing between Poland and Belarus.

Regarding the accusations of using migrants as an instrument of pressure at European borders, an excellent response came in a recent press conference from Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergei Lavrov.

«We have repeatedly said that the blame for yet another wave of the migration crisis in Europe should not be shifted to Minsk. This crisis did not start in November or in summer or spring of this year. This is an exodus of people from the countries that “developed democracies” decided to whip into shape. It has been in the active phase for several years now” Zakharova said.

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«This crisis was triggered by Western armed interference in the Middle East and North Africa and the aftermath of the failed operation in Afghanistan. What happened in that country led to new rounds of the migration crisis that has been in the making for years. This is news only for someone who has never heard of Afghanistan. If you know, even superficially, what has been going on in the world in the past few years you are bound to know about the root causes of this crisis» added Russian spokeswoman affirming what has been repeatedly highlighted by Gospa News reports on civil wars and tensions in the Middle East: from Syria to Iraq, from Libya to Lebanon.

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by Russia Today
Belarus has announced “unscheduled repairs” are needed on a branch of the ‘Friendship’ pipeline carrying oil supplies from Russia through the country to a number of EU states, insisting that maintenance work will take three days.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Russian energy export giant Transneft said supplies could face short-term disruption. Spokesman Igor Demin told journalists he had been informed the impromptu repair work should be finished by the weekend. The pipeline connects oil fields in Central Russia to consumers in Poland, Hungary, Czechia and Germany.

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The Belarusian operator, Gomeltransneft Druzhba, reportedly began work on Tuesday evening, with supplies set to decrease. However, officials say, monthly export volumes shouldn’t be affected, and Demin insisted Transneft hopes to ensure its delivery quotas are met.

The news comes just days after Belarus’ embattled leader, Alexander Lukashenko, warned that his country could cut off gas flowing to Central and Western Europe in response to a worsening row over illegal migration on the border with Poland.

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Thousands of refugees have set up camps along the frontier, with the EU accusing Minsk of putting on flights from troubled nations like Syria and Iraq, and encouraging desperate people to try to cross over in retribution for sanctions levied against its government. Belarus denies the claims, insisting that it is simply no longer able to prevent migrants reaching the border.

Lukashenko said last week that, when considering potential future sanctions, European leaders should remember that he could “cut off” energy supplies through the Yamal-Europe pipeline, which delivers gas from Siberia to Germany and other EU states.

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The suggestion that the country could begin restricting Russian gas exports prompted criticism on Saturday from President Vladimir Putin, who said that “nothing good will come” from the suggestions. “It will be a violation of our transit agreement, and I hope it will not come to that,” the Russian leader added.

On Monday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen asked EU member states to approve additional sanctions against Belarus over what she said was a “hybrid attack” on the bloc. Meanwhile, Lukashenko has accused Brussels of engaging in a hybrid war of its own against his country by supporting Belarusian opposition figures and media outlets based abroad.

Originally published by Russia Today

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Fabio is Director and Editor of Gospa News; a Christian Information Journal. Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio, born on 24/2/1967 in Borgosesia, started working as a reporter since he was only 19 years old in the alpine area of Valsesia, Piedmont, his birth region in Italy. After studying literature and history at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, he became deputy director of a local newspaper and specialized in judicial reporting. For about 15 years he is a correspondent from Northern Italy for the Italian newspapers Libero and Il Giornale, also writing important revelations on the Ustica massacre, a report on Freemasonry and organized crime. With independent investigations he collaborates with Carabinieri and Guardia di Finanza in important investigations that conclude with the arrest of Camorra entrepreneurs or corrupt politicians. In July 2018 he found the counter-information webmedia Gospa News focused on geopolitics, terrorism, Middle East and military intelligence. He is a correspondent from Italy for the French news site Reseau International. He worked since many years for the magazine Art & Wine as art critic and curator http://www.art-wine.eu/
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2 COMMENTS

  1. That is oil, not gas that got cut off coming through Belarus, but it is only a “slight decrease” in volume is all…a warning is all Lukashenko can do, as its not his gas and not his oil, its Russias and Putin not to happy about Lukashenko threatening this if you read full interview with Putin.
    Belarus did cut off the electrical power grid going into Ukraine.
    The Nord Stream 2 did not lose certification altogether, its almost complete but some German environmental groups won a case in court where the pipe laying ships could not “drop anchor” in some harbors, since it killed some birds and animals nesting there, and they must use their GPS type of technology that keeps the ships steady and in place to lay the pipes, rather than anchors, so this is a delay is all, since they now have to bring in other GPS technology ships that are laying pipe way out in the ocean to finish the job. they lost an environmental certification.
    Thats what I read anyways.

    • Thanks for your information contribution. There are a thousand facets to this complicated story. We have written that Russia and the companies that supply gas and oil do not support these intimidations by Belarus to cut off supplies of vital energy resources to the European Union. The fact remains that any decision depends on Minsk and that the interruption of the oil supply will have very serious repercussions on the cost of resources, and therefore also on gas.