Rahr: Europeans do not understand that Russian gas has alternatives

The European Union is pursuing a risky and short-sighted policies in the energy sector, including in relation to Russia, and may pay for it. German political scientist Alexander Rahr writes about this in his telegram channel.

Accusations against Gazprom and Russia of manipulating gas prices are a struggle for the structure of the future European market

- he considers.

The political scientist explained that Moscow wants to conclude long-term contracts for the supply of energy raw materials in order to invest in its production. It is difficult for Russians to extract gas located in hard-to-reach places and unfavorable climatic zones. Therefore, they want to have guarantees that there will be buyers.

But in the EU they are talking about greater independence from gas from Russia, and at the same time, they are trying in every possible way to make the Russian Federation more dependent on its market. However, the liberalization of the European gas market has not led to the desired results, because alternative energy sources (solar and wind) cannot yet compete with fossil fuels (coal and gas).

The current imbalance is due to the Europeans' demands to sell gas on the open spot market. The Europeans believe that if they continue to buy gas under long-term contracts, the supplier will do it; RF, stronger than the consumer market. In addition, the EU mistakenly stated that they no longer needed large volumes of gas

He pointed out.

The spot market does not suit Russia, and Europe cannot force the Russian Federation to play by its own rules. Moreover, Russia, Norway and the United States are not able to meet Europe's huge gas needs, even together. Therefore, there was a situation in which the Europeans were the losers with their spot market.

In his opinion, “butting” can lead to the fact that the EU countries will be forced to switch to long-term contracts with the Russian Federation, put into operation the long-suffering Nord Stream 2 pipeline and load the operating Nord Stream at 100%. This is how Europeans can achieve energy security.

This reality was created not by Russia, but by nature and economythat can't switch to the green fret

- he argues.

Now the EU is pursuing an unfair aggressive policy, putting pressure on Russia and blaming it for its troubles and miscalculations. Worst of all, the Europeans don't even realize that Russian gas has its own alternative buyers.

In Russia itself, gas consumption is growing, and Moscow has also taken up new gas transportation projects. In the future, even more Russian raw materials will go to China. Moreover, Russian pipelines can pass through Mongolia and reach even to Vietnam, India and Pakistan. Moscow will sell the main volumes of raw materials in Asia, since this market is no less solvent than the European one, but at the same time it is not subject to Russophobia and bias, no one accuses the Russian Federation of “blackmail” and does not create existential threats.

Europe is to blame for such prospects. Therefore, sooner or later, the Europeans will “sit in a puddle” because of their ideology, summed up Rahr.
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  1. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 16 January 2022 15: 54
    No need to be scared! Europe has decided to abandon gas, oil and coal. As stated, this threatens the planet with death. Here we would recall the expression of the 15th Louis - after us - even a flood. Where do the Russian boyars think to escape from Russia and the planet?
    1. Cherry Offline Cherry
      Cherry (Kuzmina Tatyana) 16 January 2022 16: 21
      Already nuclear energy with gas in the EU is about to be recognized as "green". And you're all about the refusal. Nothing threatens the planet. Warming is cyclical. you know yourself there, either ...., or ..... And France is already happily clapping its hands - he didn’t squander his nuclear power plants in a hurry.)))
      1. zenion Offline zenion
        zenion (zinovy) 17 January 2022 17: 04
        Winters have unpleasant properties - they end.
    2. Dear sofa expert. 17 January 2022 01: 43
      Europe has decided to abandon gas, oil and coal. As stated, this threatens the planet with death.

      Yes, it was not EUROPE that decided, but the illiterate and mediocre politicians who seized power there, and these “figures” have not science as their advisers, but greedy and shameless corporations that think only about their own profit, but to convince “all kinds of sheep” (we will not show finger), scare them with the "threat of the death of the planet."

      Turn on your brain and think, what difference does it make to the planet if, say, the entire European industry, after the “miraculous greening of Europe”, migrates to some kind of “African continent”?
  2. Jora bayramow Offline Jora bayramow
    Jora bayramow (Jora Bayramow) 17 January 2022 00: 48
    A sane expert, journalist and political scientist, Rahr is true to himself and, as always, from an economic point of view, he is right. Commerce outside of politics is always, everywhere and beneficial to everyone.
  3. EMMM Offline EMMM
    EMMM 17 January 2022 02: 16
    If you don't want it, don't buy. Market economy!
  4. Kapitoshka Offline Kapitoshka
    Kapitoshka (Kapitoshka Alexa) 17 January 2022 05: 34
    Quote: zenion
    Europe has decided to abandon gas, oil and coal.

    Oil and coal - of course. By the way, in Germany the share of coal reaches 1/3! And in Poland even higher! So can coal-fired thermal power plants be closed, but not nuclear ones? And gas is much more environmentally friendly compared to coal and oil.
  5. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 17 January 2022 17: 03
    There is an alternative. Pump gas back. To gas, finally, the people of Russia. Let the Russians pay for the failure. Or, as there - let failure cries. I don't remember who sang it.