Sunday, June 7, 2015

Next Stage in the US Energy War on Europe | Macedonia

The US battle for control over the European energy market is in full swing. Installing the fascist regime in Ukraine was a major step to detach European states from Russian energy supplies and to weaken and destabilize Eastern Europe and the entire European economy. Since a few weeks Macedonia has returned into the headlines. The reason was a local police raid in the town of Kumanovo. There are former KLA fighters who were said to have planned attacks. Most likely, they are also involved in drug trafficking. The city is a stopover for drug shipments coming from Afghanistan. It is situated very close to the border with Serbia, but also close to the border with Kosovo, which is the main hub for drug shipments to Europe under the umbrella of US Camp Bondsteel. During the raid in Kumanovo there was an hour-long firefight in which 22 people died, including 8 policemen. Western media commented on the events in different ways. Some spoke of too hard an attack by the Macedonian security forces, which had been ethnically motivated and directed against the ethnic Albanian population. Others claim the prime minister of the country stage-managed the firefights in Kumanovo in order to divert attention from his own problems and the dissatisfaction of the population.

However, the planned gas pipeline 'Turkish Stream' would run from Russia
through Turkey and can only supply the rest of Europe if it passes through Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. The US want to prevent exactly this and build the 'Trans Adriatic Pipeline' (TAP) instead. TAP would transport no Russian, but Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe. With TAP the US would have an enormous controlling influence over the gas supplies for Europe. The US is the dominating power in Azerbaijan which is politically, militarily and economically considered an ally and closely cooperates with NATO. Turkish Stream is the direct competitor to TAP and Macedonia is evolving into a new scene for the energy war between the US and Russia. For the Kremlin it is clear that the US want to overthrow the current government and to establish yet another vassal regime of anti-Russian stooges (HERE). In fact, Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski is not an anti-Russian politician and supports the construction of Turkish Stream. The same is true for the current leaders of Turkey, Greece and Serbia. But Macedonia is certainly the weakest in that chain. Therefore Jess L. Baily, the US ambassador to Macedonia, openly sides with Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev, known as “America’s man” by the population. The events in Macedonia are the beginning of a wave, which is directed against all those countries that dare to support Turkish Stream.

Macedonia has just neutralised an armed group whose sponsors had been under surveillance for at least eight months. By doing so,
it has prevented a new attempt at a coup d’État, planned by Washington for the 17th of May. The aim was to spread the chaos already
infecting Ukraine into Macedonia in order to stall the passage of a Russian gas pipeline to the European Union.