After Cutting Massive New Gasprom Deal with EU, Putin Refuses to Renew Airstrikes in Eastern Syria as Our Terrorists Bomb with Impunity

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: As Penny shows us, the plot thickens. Apparently the EU isn’t on board with the US/Israeli plan to hand over Raqqa to the Kurds. Quid pro quo on the part of Russia and the EU?

Putin as “hero” huh?

Yesterday was an interesting day with regard to our proxy army regime change operation taking place in Syria. Lots of stuff happened and the outlook for Syria got much, much worse.

First, it was reported that the United States wanted 8 “moderate” terrorist organizations who work with “ISIS” and al-Qaeda added to the ‘do not kill” list that is being hashed out in the new peace deal with Russia, Syria and Iran.

“Washington included two [Syrian rebel] groups that fight together with Daesh and 8 with al-Nusra Front in the list of the participants of the ceasefire regime in Syria sent to the Russian side. Moreover the inclusion of Ahrar ash-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zenki cutthroats in this list completely discredits the American list,” the mission said in a statement published by the Russian Foreign Ministry.” Sputnik International

These are the same groups who have recently renewed their indiscriminate shelling of government controlled areas of Western Aleppo, killing all sorts of innocent civilians in the process including children.

The assault, employing heavy shelling and suicide car bombs, was mainly focused on the city’s western edge by rebels based in the countryside outside Aleppo. It included Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a former affiliate of al Qaeda previously known as the Nusra Front, and groups fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner. Reuters

Second, President Putin refused the Russian military’s request to renew bombing campaigns against the entrenched positions of these “moderate” terrorists in East Aleppo.

President Vladimir Putin has denied the Russian military’s request to order a resumption of airstrikes in eastern Aleppo, his press secretary said. The military had asked permission to resume airstrikes due to the increased activity of militants.

The Russian president considers it inappropriate at the present time to resume airstrikes in Aleppo,” Dmitry Peskov told the press.

However, Peskov added that “in case of extreme necessity to prevent provocative actions on the part of terrorist groups, the Russian side reserves the right to use all means at its disposal to provide an appropriate level of support to the Syrian armed forces.”

Russia will make a decision on further action in accordance with the events on the ground in Aleppo, the spokesman added.” RT

While children are dying and Western Aleppo is suddenly under a massive siege by our proxy terrorists, Vladamir Putin is refusing to pound these monsters into submission and defend the people of Western Aleppo from their aggression. This is a rather telling turn of events wouldn’t you say.

The RT article claims that Putin wants to give the US time to separate the “moderate” terrorists from al Qaeda and “ISIS” before he strikes, which seems to me to be some rather wishful thinking since the latest from the Obama administration is their declaration that these groups not be attacked at all. And since they are embedded with al Qaeda and “ISIS”, that means they don’t want those guys attacked either.

So what is Putin really doing?

Maybe this will explain it:

The European Union wants to diversify energy supplies and secure natural gas shipments from Russia. This is why the European Commission has expanded Gazprom’s access to the OPAL pipeline in Germany…

OPAL is the continuation of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany. It connects Nord Stream to existing European gas transportation networks. OPAL allows for delivery of natural gas to Europe, bypassing Ukraine.

Previously, European restrictions allowed Russia’s Gazprom energy company to use only 50-55 percent of the pipeline’s capacity for Russian natural gas to be delivered across Germany to the Czech Republic. The restrictions are outlined in the European Union’s Third Energy Package which reserves the other half for independent gas suppliers…

The EU Commission allowed Gazprom to use another 40 percent of the pipeline’s capacity, preserving the last 10 percent as a reserve for the third countries, according to the source. Sputnik International Oct. 29, 2016

How about that? A massive payoff to Russia, increasing their LNG profits in the whole of the EU by nearly 50%. That’s a major deal, is it not?

You think one thing has nothing to do with the other? Guess again:

There are two reasons why the EU wants to reach a compromise with Gazprom, he added.

“First, the EU is looking for reliable energy supplies, especially amid the depletion of gas reserves in the Netherlands. This is why Europe wants to secure gas shipments from Russia. The second reason is the political instability, especially around Syria and Ukraine,” Estievenart concluded. Sputnik International Oct. 29, 2016

How would giving a massive payoff to Russia help with the political instability of Syria and Ukraine?

Maybe one way if for Russia to turn a blind eye to the suffering of the Syrian people in Western Aleppo which just might force Assad to cut a deal with the US and her NATO-backed terrorists. That might do it.

However you look at it, the timing of these events is unmistakable. Perhaps Putin didn’t want his pilots sharing the skies in close proximity with a bunch of trigger happy American pilots fresh off their New McCarthyism programing. Perhaps he wanted to send a message to Assad about what might happen to the rest of Syria if he doesn’t get on board with Russia’s plan to help the Kurds bust off a piece of their country for the Greater Kurdistan project. Or maybe he’s just as beholden to Russia’s “national interests” (read as “oligarchs”) as our president is to his.

Whatever the case may be, Putin is taking a step back while our “moderate” mortars are flying willy-nilly throughout Western Aleppo and the 1.5 million Syrians still living there are in grave danger.

So much for Putin as “hero”.

13 Responses

  1. Scott: I’ve linked your piece in with one I’ve just posted
    It seems Europe is having second thoughts about Kurds taking Raqqa
    It’s quiet so something is going on behind the scenes

  2. The Russians are competitors, not saviors. All they have wanted is an invitation to dance at the global neoliberal ball.

    Now the Empire is offering to ease sanctions on Russia if Russia will let the Empire finish off Syria, like the Empire did Libya and Somalia.

    As for Ukraine, the Empire regards it as expendable if necessary. Crimea is already lost.

    If the Empire and Russia kiss and make up, then Hillary and the neocons will have to point to China as the “global threat.”

    Fighting this “global threat” will require the privatization of Medicare and Social Security.

    After all, it’s not like the U.S. government can create dollars out of thin air. (Unless the dollars are for wars, weapons makers, and Wall Street bailouts, in which case dollars or infinite.)

  3. And, just in case that’s too easy too understand….
    The plot thicken$$$.
    For years I always thought all the major powers were playing footie under the table, I said that during the Viet Nam war and I say it today….and I hate being right about these things. “Money loves money”….and wars are for poor people to kill each other and the innocent poor. God, save us from ourselves.

    • Many thanks for that link. It’s definitely something to chew on.

      All national governments continually warn of external “threats” in order to distract their citizenry’s attention from their enslavement and impoverishment by the rich.

      Statistically speaking, poor people are poor because they obey. And they obey because they are born into a life of toiling as debt slaves, without the time or the luxury to read and think, or to question their owners. The peasants cope with this misery by mindlessly clinging to whatever fairy tales their owners offer them; fairy tales that keep the poor forever poor, and which often send them by the millions to their doom.

      “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles between rich and poor. Always we see the oppressor and oppressed in constant opposition to each other. This fight is sometimes hidden, and sometimes open.”

      ~ Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto” (opening lines)

    • You’re right bout wars being for poor people to kill each other. Even our own great civil war. Poor white folks in the south fought and died on behalf of rich land owners for the rich folks’ right to enslave people to avoid having to even pay the poor white folks who were dying for them to work for them. On the northern side, poor white and black folks together fought and died in opposition to this primarily to allow rich folks in the north to control a much larger portion of the business that is the United States under the guise of humanitarianism. The people actually fighting the war on both sides lose now matter who wins.

  4. Russia is neoliberal like all the rest…

    The Canadian government wants to privatize Canada’s major airports (i.e. give them to rich people for a tiny fraction of their worth), and has hired Credit Suisse to handle it.

    Credit Suisse specializes in privatization. In 2009, Credit Suisse bought Gatwick Airport in the U.K. through a joint venture with General Electric.

    Credit Suisse also wants to advise the Russian government on its plans to privatize major Russian state-owned enterprises.

    This will mean hundreds of millions of dollars in profits for the banks and law firms involved in the deals, while air travelers face ever-higher costs to produce corporate profits. There will be much higher parking costs, airport improvement fees, cuts in cleaning staff, and the end of services such as free Wi-Fi.

    Of course, there is no need to privatize, since the Russian, Canadian, and U.S. governments create their spending money out of thin air.

    The peasants refuse to understand this, and will therefore pay the price for their stupidity.

  5. Where have all the poor folks gone this morning
    Where have all those stupids gone today

    Some came out from under the bridge this morning
    Came out to go to war today
    Cause they ain’t got nothing going
    And know that most won’t miss them, anyway

  6. Russia has no intention of seeing Syria split up . Yet another eg of demonising Putin after your suggestion he downed the Russian jet himself

  7. Vladimir Puto is a NWO-puppet like all the rest of the international politicians.

  8. Willy- still on Raqqa….. there is much more to the US being unable to move on Raqqa then meets the eye

    what do you think?

  9. At this point, I’m beginning to think even Assad is in on it.

    • the way he’s talking about Erdogan who is only interested in keeping the Kurds from taking “Western Kurdistan” is very telling. It may be that Assad himself has decided to give in to the Russian persuasion efforts on this matter in exchange for keeping some of Syria. But remember, the Russians are no longer helping them defend Aleppo, which may suggest there has been a falling out between them and the Russians? It’s very confusing.

  10. Hard telling not knowing. There could be many reasons Vlad is holding off on airstrikes (i.e., MANPADS, stockpiling ordnance for a big push). Doesn’t mean everybody involved is somehow a “NWO-puppet”…I think that’s giving the Empire too much credit.

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