[As hard as it may be to believe, the following report seems to make a lot of sense, when added to the grand total of things. This may explain Turkey's shift in actions lately, by throwing-in its support to the Nabucco pipeline project (which is itself, on life support), as it seems to reject commitments to Russian gas and its South Stream pipeline project. Turkey appears to be siding with American plans, but this may be nothing more than a neo-Ottoman negotiating tactic to gain leverage in negotiations with Russia.
It is nearly impossible to tie all the many ongoing American-led conspiracies together in a common narrative, making it much easier for the leaders and planners of these many psyops to work their evil magic. At this point in time, everything is running on "magical thinking," the belief that you can make things happen just by believing in them strong enough. This is especially true concerning everything associated with "diplomacy," as defined by Hillary's State Dept (SEE: America’s Pacific Century).
All of these plans are betting everything on America's ability to survive for the next three or four years. This means using America's primary asset, its military strength, to make up for its failing economic strength, in a plan to acquire dominance over all hydrocarbon reserves and their delivery systems. This means nudging Gazprom out of Europe and Russia out of Central Asia, while simultaneously establishing military dominance over the oil and gas-bearing regions of Africa. The preferred US strategy is one that relies on "limited warfare" techniques, in order to avoid accidentally causing actual world war. This explains why there are so many separate confrontations, both military and economic ones, that American planners are juggling at once. It is like an orchestra, or a symphony of terror and apparent insanity, as first this confrontation is brought to a boil, then that one. Libya is allowed to cook at a raging boil until the Imperial chefs run out of ingredients, while Syria stubbornly simmers, refusing to boil over on command...
Worry the world silly until the next great worry can used to distract from the last one. Everything is pre-arranged, in the New World Order.]
|The government’s approach to the recent dispute over the price of gas purchased from Russian energy giant Gazprom, followed by the termination of the Turkey-Russia Western Pipeline agreement, has raised doubts, as the government is looking at different sources of natural gas, as well as ways to take advantage of its current location in order to become a natural gas transfer hub, observers argue.|
|Turkey currently has natural gas purchase deals with countries such as Russia, Iran and Azerbaijan, as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) deals with Nigeria and Algeria. Turkey’s plans for the future include buying natural gas from Turkmenistan, Iraq and Egypt. The country plans to store the natural gas from these countries until it can become a supply center for energy-hungry Europe via Southern Gas Corridor pipeline projects such as Nabucco and Interconnector Turkey-Greece-Italy (ITGI), which will lower Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. |
Such maneuvers, analysts agree, will help increase Turkey’s strategic importance. The Nabucco and ITGI pipelines are very important to Turkey for many reasons. For one, they will help Turkey and the European Union break the ice that formed due to the EU’s controversial delay of Turkey’s membership. It will prove that Turkey, which has been accused of getting overly close to the East at the expense of the West, is still a strong ally of the West.
The pipeline will also help improve relations with the US by lessening Russia’s influence in the region. Turkey reportedly expects to gain US support to be part of the natural gas and oil exploration process by Israel and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean, which Turkey also has rights to through the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus’ (KKTC) presence in the area. Although Greek Cyprus is part of the EU and the KKTC is not recognized by any nation other than Turkey, it is expected that Turkey will defend the KKTC’s rights in the east Mediterranean. In the meantime, Turkey hopes these pipelines will decrease terrorist attacks from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which gets most of its financial support from supporters in Europe, through the tightening of ties with European governments, who will wish to prevent interruptions in the transfer of natural gas across Turkish land. In other words, European countries cannot afford to ignore security problems within Turkey.
Not renewing contract opens door to private investments
Zeynep Dereli, director of the Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum, told Sunday’s Zaman that she supported the government’s latest decision not to renew the Western pipeline contract with Russia. “It is time to diversify Turkey’s energy supply channels and let private Turkish companies negotiate the deals. In this way we will be able to procure gas at lower prices. Private companies can negotiate better terms.”
Dereli also underlined the importance of the ITGI pipeline, a joint project between the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) and Italian gas company Edison SpA. “I actually believe that the Southern Corridor can start with ITGI as it requires only 10 billion cubic meters [bcm] of gas, which is already available, and then Nabucco can be implemented. Nabucco will not and cannot be operational until 2017 at the earliest and ITGI can be the key in starting the transfer of gas from the Caucasus to Europe via Turkey. It does not require as much investment and there is sufficient supply for it already,” she added. ITGI submitted its technical proposal and commercial offer to transport gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan to markets in Europe on Oct. 3 and it can be operational as early as 2013. DEPA Chairman Harry Sachinis has praised the project, saying: “We have many prospective buyers lined up to buy capacity rights, providing a ready-made customer base. Plus we have 145 million euros of co-financing in place from the European Commission through the European Energy Programme for Recovery [EEPR] framework for the construction of Poseidon and Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria [IGB].” World Energy Council’s Ankara-based Turkish National Committee (DEK-TMK) board member Necdet Pamir contradicted these arguments, as he explained that this is not a case of “termination” of a contract, but an “end to an agreement.”
“The ruling Justice and Development Party [AK Party] is taking advantage of the end of the contract term to enable the state-owned Turkish Pipeline Corporation [BOTAŞ] contracts to be turned over to private companies that are politically motivated,” he said and added, “The Western Pipeline has provided gas to the relatively developed western part of Turkey and since infrastructure is not yet complete to bring the natural gas from eastern Turkey to the western side, those who live in the western provinces will have to continue to buy natural gas from Russia through private companies.”