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Georgia to get hooked on gas2011-06-16 20:25
Restless Georgia keeps estimating the volume of energy resources of its northern neighbor with Georgian FM Grigol Vashadze particularly worried about Russia's future as a supplier of primary materials. Recently he compared official Moscow with a "gas-addict" that tries to "hook" as many states as possible. The head of the foreign office boasted that Sakartvelo had achieved incredible economic heights without that. Yet, the minister is not honest here: the country's authorities want to win struggle for gas and oil transit along the territory of Georgia.
Grigol Vashadze's declarations concerning Moscow don't sound fun to the world community any more. Now it is clear that Georgia is led by personal bad feelings against the northern neighbor, not any specific facts in Georgian-Russian relations. The world waits until the flow of anger dries out. Accusations that Russia tries to hook Europe on its raw materials to win influence over the United States are not ungrounded. However, the economic levers Russia prefers to use are much more humane than force - Washington's favorite weapon.
Settling down firmly in Iraq, the States suddenly stopped importing natural gas triggering deficit of energy resources on the European market. The States accounted their meanness for a technological revolution. As it turns out, they secretly produce shale gas which is much cheaper and convenient but scarce. That is why, as it was said, Europe will have to be satisfied with OPEC oil and Russian blue fuel, excessive as it is. In the meantime, statistical data showed that over the last year America had produced 650 bn cubic meters - hardly enough to cover domestic needs.
No wonder NATO was quick to launch a military intervention in Libya under the mask of peaceful shelling. Months of slaughterous war for "democracy" have yielded first results. Last week the insurgents fed by US administration that generously provided them with green "bucks", signed a contract on supply of the first lot of Libyan energy resources to the United States. At the same time Russia increases volumes of production of domestic gas to keep Europe from cold and hears words of gratitude and assurance of friendship in exchange. Thus, if Mr Vashadze's statements about a "gas addict" are true - they must be referred to Washington.
Besides, Georgia wouldn't mind joining participants of the fuel game despite declarations of the opposite. For the time being its actions with regard to gas are limited to the use of tear toxin against demonstrators sick and tired of Mikheil Saakashvili's autocracy. PM Nika Gilauri made another attempt to rehabilitate his country in the eyes of the world community. Yesterday at a session of government he shared details of his visit to Austria and bright plans connected with energy security in Eastern Europe.
According to Gilauri Georgia is part of the energy corridor. Besides, the country has energy resources that after the tragedy in Japan become more important in the region. Particularly, as the PM highlighted, many countries abandoned plans to construct nuclear plants. Against this background water resources of the Caucasian republic become crucial for the country's economy. "At this forum Sakartvelo was presented as part of the formula for Europe's energy security. Among other things we discussed the struggle against corruption. Our country is recognized as Europe's leader here. Accordingly, leaders of various countries expressed vivid interest. Representatives of the private sector including large companies like Siemens for instance asked about reforms carried out in Georgia in order to start investing" - Gilauri stated.