The EU does not intend to repay the debts of Ukraine for Russian gas, according to the head of the European Commission’s Directorate for Energy Dominique Ristori, reports RIA Novosti.
Responding to a question about whether the EU is considering the possibility of paying debts for Ukraine Ristori shook his head and said that the EU has rendered an important macro-financial assistance. “We are also in close contact with the International Monetary Fund, to promote the reform of the energy market of Ukraine. That’s important,” – he said.
In mid-June the Austrian Economy Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner said that the situation with Russian gas supplies to Ukraine requires a political solution, including the possible payment of Ukrainian debts by EU. The Minister then said that the EU could eventually cover the debts of Ukraine due to the current economic weakness of the country.
Debt of the Ukrainian “Naftogaz” to Russia’s “Gazprom” has reached $ 5.3 billion including supplies delivered until June 16, when the country was transferred to prepay policy. EU-brokered talks ended in failure. Now the Ukrainian gas transport system only receives transit volumes of gas intended for Europe. This jeopardizes uninterrupted gas transit in the winter as Ukraine is likely to steal gas as its reserves dry up.
European Union in the current year has already transferred 600 million euro macro-financial assistance for Ukraine from the total 1.6 billion euros, promising remaining payments before year end. IMF on April 30 approved the allocation to Ukraine of more than $ 17 billion within two years of the stabilization program on stand by. The first tranche of this program – $ 3.16 billion was received by Kiev in early May.… --> continue reading →
Speaker of the Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that Western countries did not provide the necessary military assistance to Ukraine. He stated this in an interview to “LB.ua“.
According to him, the EU and the United States feared a large-scale continental war. Turchinov told the corespondents that he had met with many heads of European countries, USA, and Canada where Ukraine had begged assistance in the form of weapons and other technical military means.
“The availability of new high-accuracy weapons would allow us not only to fight more effectively, but to protect civilians better. Alas, we have not received from them even a slingshot. It’s true, “- said the speaker.
“On paper, they are the guarantor countries, but the reality is that all we got were sympathy and dry rations” – complained Turchinov. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that “moral support, the pressure of public opinion of the civilized world” and “the threat of economic sanctions” played their role.
Washington openly provides military assistance to Ukraine since March 2014, when the Pentagon dispatched 330,000 sets of dry rations (this was done against the backdrop of the conflict over Crimea). In early June, the Assistant Secretary of Defense Derek Chollet said that the White House will provide 18 million dollars for increasing the efficiency of the Ukrainian army. A few days later, the U.S. leader Barack Obama met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and promised to help the country’s security forces with body armor, night vision devices and communications for five million dollars.… --> continue reading →
What is that? Why am I forced to support the war in Ukraine? EU has provided 250 million euro to Ukraine. That is not a loan, that is a grant – a present in other words. Excuse me? That is my tax money you are giving away!
So now my money is going towards supporting the civil war in Ukraine instead of getting better roads in my town or even supporting some poor chap down in Greece somewhere. At the same time, the Ukrainian army (or whatever bands connected with the government) announce they will order more drones to survey and attack the positions of the civil resistance in the east of the country. If they have money for that, I suggest they use the money “to assist to the Ukrainian government in carrying out short-term tasks” instead of my money. If they don’t have money, then I am definitely not interested to sponsor that war.
I know this is not the first time EU meddles in the other countries’ business. But this time it is not “humanitarian aid” or “defense of helpless”. This time this is an obvious and open support of civil war. I say it’s enough!
I am not interested in a new fight for the next Great Empire. I am not interested in assisting U.S. in their plans for their military bases. I am not interested in war. Not at all. Brussels seems to have new plans for us that rival the plans of Berlin a few decades ago. And they want my money for war. I think my answer is going to be a “no”.
I object in no uncertain terms to this use of taxes. I have been apolitical but I will make sure that my vote goes to any party and person that will keep EU focused on EU and my country placing the interests of my country ahead of those of EU. I will do whatever I can starting now. Making me finance the war in Ukraine is way out of bounds.… --> continue reading →
The U.S. president Barak Obama requested an additional billion dollars from Congress to increase the American military presence in Europe. The reason set forward by Obama is that the European allies are “worried about Russia”.
The plan is to increase the number of troops located around Europe and to provide them with additional training. The Navy will also be beefed up in Black and Baltic seas. U.S. is also planning to use the territories of countries that are not members of NATO for its military bases: Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.
The U.S. president announced his plans and dedication to “defending” Europe at the visit to Poland where he is meeting the newly elected Ukrainian president. This announcement goes well to celebrate the 70th anniversary of U.S. troops disembarkation in Normandy, the so-called D-Day, where nine to ten thousand men, one third of the deployed force, were killed on 6 June 1944.… --> continue reading →
Russia has called on Kiev and US to stop military raids against civilians in the eastern Ukraine. Already several people were shot to death by the Ukrainian commandos loyal to the rebels holding Kiev. Russia is forced to keep several hundred soldiers near the border in case the deadly civil war spills over the border into Russia.
US has gone further steps destabilizing the situation in Ukraine by promising to provide up to $17 billion to the rebels if they manage to hold the power and quench the resistance of the civilians. US has also ordered a military exercise by US Army in Poland, next to the Ukrainian border, deploying more than 10,000 paratroopers in an attempt to scare the protesters of the military coup and their supporters into obedience. The world can remain confident that US is playing an active role in destabilising western and central Ukraine with personnel, weapons, money and operational planning.
US paratroopers deployed along the border of Ukraine ready to attack
Earlier, the Russian foreign ministry urged the US to “to refrain from rash steps that will plunge Ukraine even deeper into the depths of crisis”. The Geneva agreement states that illegal armed groups, including those who have seized control of public buildings in Kiev, must return home.
The head of the rebels, Olexander Turchynov, ordered his rebel army to attack the groups of civilian protesters around the country. Yesterday’s raids by Ukrainian commandos on civilian protesters around the town of Sloviansk left at least two people dead.
Olexander Turchynov has ordered his rebel troops to attack civilians
On hearing of the attacks, President Putin warned there would be “consequences”, adding: “If Kiev has really begun to use the army against the country’s population… that is a very serious crime against its own people”. The ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, said that Russia would have international legal grounds to deploy peacekeeping forces to Ukraine to prevent the escalation of the civil war waged by the rebels.… --> continue reading →
You must have heard that the amount of potable water is limited in the world. You must have heard that we all have to save water in the whole world because water is precious. Nearly all of that is nonsense. At least the “global” part of it definitely is.
Yes, water is important, in some parts precious. However, drinkable water is not a global problem. It cannot be. It is a local problem, local to the particular geographic location. Saving water in a place where there is abundance of it does not do anything for other locations where water may be scarce. Problems with water must be solved locally.
This problem was artificially converted into a global problem. It allows increasing prices for water anywhere, requesting that people save water where they cannot be made to pay for it – it is an economically profitable wave of uncertainty created to rip off people.
This is a shameless ripoff because we are made to pay for an abundant resource as if it is scarce. Water is an artificially global scarcity problem.… --> continue reading →
I just noticed an interesting article over at Forbes about the “Owners of Portugal” documentary. The article pointed to a couple of extremely interesting charts. And, although it asks not to jump to conclusions I find that, not jumping to conclusions, extremely hard to do.
The charts in question are: the big family and 30 years, 115 members of the government.
Check for yourself, I bet you’ll start jumping to conclusions!… --> continue reading →
A very interesting paper was published at Microsoft Research by Cormac Herley. It looks at the question “Why Do Nigerian Scammers Say They are From Nigeria?” and comes out with an unavoidable conclusion that that is by design.
Far-fetched tales ofWest African riches
strike most as comical. Our analysis suggests that is an
advantage to the attacker, not a disadvantage. Since
his attack has a low density of victims the Nigerian
scammer has an over-riding need to reduce false positives.
By sending an email that repels all but the most
gullible the scammer gets the most promising marks to
self-select, and tilts the true to false positive ratio in his
An interesting consequence of which is that even if only few people take the trouble to answer those scam letters but never actually go through with the money transfer, the Nigerian Scam would become prohibitively expensive to run.… --> continue reading →
I call this interesting thing “The Factor of Money”. What is it? It is one of the things quite wrong with the world from most people’s perspective. Although, to be fair, most of them do not realize it. And there is a minority who abuse the rest so it is quite ok for them. But let’s see.
A society is built on a number of factors that the society considers important. And whoever controls the decisive factor controls the society. If most of the world considers a single factor of utmost importance then whoever controls that factor controls the world.
Factors important, or crucial, for the people in the society may differ. One of the factors quite widespread nowadays is money. Notice how USSR, the Soviet countries overall, were not into money before. like the eighties. And those countries were quite apart from the other countries that were controlled by money. They were independent and powerful, they could not be easily subverted by money. Once they joined the throng in cherishing the money factor, they became a slave to the controllers of the money factor. Notice how quickly their deterioration happened.
Now watch this. China was always quite separate from the money world. They became strong on a basis totally different from money. Now they let the money in. What do you think will happen? Yes, let’s watch them being overtaken by the overlords of money. They stand no chance anymore whatever they may think about it.
The Factor of Money is the factor that leads to enslaving entire countries to the will of the Lords of Money. If you want your society or country to be independent, the first thing to do is to break away from The Money Factor.… --> continue reading →
A very interesting watch of the news again. As you probably noticed (if not – good for you!), there are heavy floods in Pakistan and China. Facts are as follows, according to BBC:
- Around 350 million people are affected in China
- Around 20 million people are affected in Pakistan
- Estimated 1500 people were killed in China
- Estimated 1600 people were killed in Pakistan
- Some villages in China were totally wiped off the face of the Earth
- Some people in Pakistan do not have electricity
What do you think BBC is talking about? Of course, it is Pakistan. Why? According to me, your most reliable analyst, the situation is as follows:
- Things are basically better organized in China with army and rescue involved, judging by the very few reports by BBC, while in Pakistan things are pretty much left up to the local people.
- Pakistan has a huge debt to IMF, as opposed to China, so the top honchos have some relationship with the “big brothers in the West”. They will also be sufficiently dependent on the West to agree to basically any conditions.
- China would not accept aid with “strings attached” and would not aid willingly in schemings of the West.
It is therefore easy to propose aid to Pakistan under the cover of a difficult situation (that means “money”). So we have the full coverage of the flood in Pakistan, cries for help and shows of suffering (hey, people did not have internet for 3 days, so they are angry!) over there but there is little, if any, mention of the situation in China.
How much money are we talking about? Oh, well, it is not really that much, only half a billion dollars or thereabout. For the time being, that is. People are greedy. Might be raised to a cool billion shortly, watch the news.… --> continue reading →