Bloomberg Business: "Europe will depend on Russian gas for at least another 25 years"
By Vestnik Kavkaza
Today's edition of the business magazine Forbes writes that the US, not Iran, is the biggest threat to stability in the Middle East. The USA's decision to hold talks with Iran on its nuclear program has caused wide dissonance in the world community. Some are unhappy that the negotiations did not affect all of the problems existing in the region, others point to the futility of diplomatic settlements of disputes. Israel, for example, calls Tehran an aggressor country which poses a threat to the entire Middle East region, and that the best solution would be a military strike. However, if you look precisely , in fact Iran's influence barely extends so far compared to the influence of the US aggression against other countries. Is Washington's aggressive policy toward Iraq or Yemen less dangerous to the world than the fairly soft policy course of Tehran?
The fact is that Iran is quite a powerful and strong, independent and unique country in the region, which can resist the US. And that does not satisfy the Obama administration. Of course, none of the countries want Iran to have nuclear weapons, but given the tensions in the region, and the hostile environment, for Iran it is a reasonable measure to protect itself. Also, do not forget about the other, sufficiently powerful states in the Middle East - Saudi Arabia, which is an ally of the US, but at the same time it does not forget about its own interests, which also include leadership of the region.
Of course, for the Middle East the best option would be non-interference in the internal affairs of its countries, but when it comes to energy resources, this is almost impossible. The fact that the Western powers are trying to justify their foreign policy with a mythical threat from Iran only emphasizes their interest in the region and their inability to have an open dialogue.
The US publication Bloomberg Business writes today that Europe will depend on Russian gas for at least another 25 years. The prospect of this is a very sad option for the European Community, but to date there is no alternative to Russian gas.
Europe is trying to reduce its dependance on Russia, with which relations were damaged as a consequence of the European sanctions against Moscow. The fact that Russia is one step ahead in this regard, underlining for example cooperation with Turkey and Iran, though these countries could potentially become a kind of salvation for the EU.
Western analysts have come to the conclusion that Europe still has time to find alternative sources of gas supplies, but this time is coming to end, because some of the EU countrieshave quite clearly expressed their dissatisfaction with the current course of austerity. And if the energy problem will be added, the question of the existence of the EU is under threat
The Washington Post reports today on cooperation between Russia and Iran. As a political and strategic partner of Tehran, Moscow is doing everything to improve the situation of the friendly country. While the Western powers are still discussing the negotiations on its nuclear program, trying to understand how they can affect the leadership of Iran, Russia has begun deliveries of grain, equipment and construction materials to Iran in exchange for crude oil.
Against the background of strengthening relations between the two powers, the US and the EU should think about the fact that their foreign policy does not bring the tangible results that they expected by imposing sanctions on both countries. Instead of two states which should be broken under the weight of restrictions, the world has seen two big powers, capable of solving their own problems, thereby changing the balance of power in the world.