Does the latest Russian-German deal reflect the spirit of Molotov-Ribbentrop?
Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom signed a deal June 18 to double the capacity of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that delivers Russian gas directly to Germany. The deal is a precursor to war.
Analysts are wondering: Why would Germany continue to work with Russia’s Gazprom when it is supposedly targeting Russia for its invasion and occupation of Ukraine?
When asked how he convinced Germany’s E.ON, Austria’s omv and British-based Royal Dutch Shell to do business with Gazprom, chief executive Alexei Miller said: “As far as Nord Stream is concerned—there was no politics at all. The decision was taken in November 2011, and all the work has been done based on the decisions taken three years ago.”
But make no mistake. This pipeline deal has geopolitics all over it. And if the deal goes through, it could radically alter the balance of power in Europe.
If this next phase of the Nord Stream pipeline goes through, it will give Russia the ability to turn off the gas to countries like Ukraine and Poland while still sending the more powerful Western nations all the gas they need.
Actually, it is more dangerous than that. Once this pipeline is finished, almost all of Eastern Europe can be completely cut out of the gas picture. There will be no need for any gas to transit through Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Belarus, Hungary or Slovakia.
Think of the huge leverage this will give Russia. A Swedish Defense Research Agency study conducted by Robert L. Larsson counted dozens of incidents since 1991 when Russia turned off the gas to Eastern European nations for political and economic reasons—sometimes during the dead of winter.
Nord Stream is part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strategy to regain control of Eastern Europe and rebuild the Soviet Empire. Comply or freeze.
Here is the point. Eastern Europe opposed the construction of the first Nord Stream pipeline, but Germany and Russia pushed it through anyway—even though its construction dramatically increased the odds of Russian aggression.
It could be argued that Germany could be forgiven for agreeing to help Russia build the first phase of the Nord Stream pipeline. But what about now? Why would it agree to construct something that exponentially multiplies the probability that Russia will be able to invade other Eastern European nations?
Because the Nord Stream pipeline radically increases German power too!
Germany may not have much in the way of natural resources of its own, but with Russia’s help, it is becoming an energy hub of Europe! Increasing quantities of Russian gas are flowing through Germany before being distributed to countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Britain. In this way Germany leverages the power of Russia. Western Europe also is becoming dependent on Germany for gas supplies too.
Like Russia, Germany will soon be able to push a button and shut down gas supplies to downstream nations.
Germany too will soon be able to send ultimatums: Comply or freeze.
Don’t let the current conflict in Ukraine cloud what is happening. Germany and Russia have a history of secret cooperation—even when headline conflict appears to indicate otherwise. That Germany and Russia would push through such a deal when the West is supposedly sanctioning Russia for its actions in Ukraine speaks volumes.
Watch as Russia rebuilds its Eastern European empire. And listen as those nations who don’t want to fall under Russia’s control clamor to Germany for protection. War drums are beating.
The whole world should see this developing and realize that it can only end in war. That is what history says. Read Gerald Flurry’s 2008 article “Russia’s Attack Signals Dangerous New Era” for a powerful preview of the near future. ▪
Full article: War Drums: Gazprom’s Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany (The Trumpet)