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More Russian energy blackmail

I told you that Ukraine was just a warning shot… Looks like the Czech Republic’s decision to host that US missile shield has really ticked off the Kremlin. Because now the flow of oil from Russia appears to be slowing down.

This is one to which a great deal of attention should be paid (but which will almost certainly be almost entirely overlooked, just as with the various Russian pipeline machinations in Serbia over the last couple of years have been largely ignored by the mainstream press). With energy prices rocketing and Europe’s own supplies of fossil fuels almost spent, how Russia chooses to use its dominance of the European energy market is cause for grave concern. Sod the Lisbon Treaty – the threat from Russia is by far the biggest problem facing the EU, both in the short and long terms. Loss of sovereignty via transferring power to Brussels? How about loss of sovereignty thanks to Moscow increasingly being able to pull the plug on our national economies on a whim?


  1. This action indeed has a precedent in what happened with Ukraine and Lithuania, but also breaks new ground. The Czech republic is the first of former communist (satellite) states that were not part of the Soviet Union to have experienced Russian retaliation. I wonder if this will bring the reality of energy dependence closer to capitals in Europe? And aside from the debate, if any, that it spurs on, will Europe take concrete steps to diversify and/or unite behind a single European energy policy?

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