The EU is moving to totalitarian methods of regulating its energy market


The European Commission decided to “raise the stakes” in the fight against the ultimatum of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who decided to transfer payment for energy resources into rubles. The EU leadership will introduce a regime of common gas purchases by all members of the association. The meaning of this undertaking has become fully clear only now, when the initiative has acquired concrete features.


According to the plan, now no country should conduct "bidding" with a supplier (meaning the Russian "Gazprom"), but only as a member of the common whole, the European Union. Of course, this will not give a fair or low price. In other words, the EC believes that in this way the EU, as a major buyer, will be able to achieve a reduction in the cost of fuel for the continent. In fact, such an approach means a transition to command and totalitarian methods of managing the eurozone energy market.

The reality, as usual, is completely different from the declared statements. At the behest of the United States, the European bureaucrats simply decided to neutralize the wide possibilities of individual states that are friendly to Russia to obtain more favorable conditions for the supply of gas or oil. In fact, the EC deprives the members of the Union of part of the sovereignty. For example, a certain “common EU price” will be set, which is beneficial for France and Spain (against the background of their consumption of expensive LNG) and which, at the same time, will be discriminatory for Hungary, Serbia, Austria, who have agreed on cheaper gas supplies from the Russian Federation.

In the end, the goal is still the same - by crude political intervention, by frankly undemocratic methods, to clear the way for American LNG suppliers to the European market. So the decision of the European Commission under consideration is directed not so much against Russia as against Europe itself.

The thing is that Brussels, which will now supposedly represent “everyone”, can now demand that Russia cancel the decision to pay in rubles, and if the Kremlin refuses, it will stop purchasing from the Russian Federation (as Washington wants). The consequence of such a step will be a revolt within the EU itself, when the same Hungary or Serbia will either have to stop production completely, or withdraw from the Union, which discriminates against the national policies and interests of several European countries.

With the naked eye, the direction of Washington's henchmen is noticeable at the cost of the existence of the EU to achieve benefits for transnational companies from America. There is no question of any "consolidation" of positions or consideration of the interests of EU members. Only dishonest competition from the overseas energy lobby.
  • Photos used: twitter.com/Gazprom
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  1. faiver Offline faiver
    faiver (Andrei) 26 March 2022 09: 52
    +13
    Who was talking about the totalitarian regime in Russia? bully
    1. Rusa Offline Rusa
      Rusa 26 March 2022 19: 26
      +2
      The author mistakenly included Serbia in the EU. The totalitarian regime of the EU functionaries will lead to the fact that, in addition to the "yellow vests", more hungry people from Africa and the Middle East will be added. In this scenario, Europe is waiting for a social explosion.
      1. skeptic Offline skeptic
        skeptic 26 March 2022 21: 38
        +3
        Quote: Rusa
        more hungry will be added
        from Africa and the Middle East.

        You forgot about Svidomo. The further you go, the more there will be. Expensive gas will ruin energy-intensive industries. The West is not yet stuck in what their Americans are pushing. What was in the 30s will seem like an easy erotic period, now.
  2. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 March 2022 10: 15
    -5
    Brakes. We have had centralized procurement for a long time.

    When OPEC and Gazprom collude to form the price, that's good. When the EU is bad.))))
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 26 March 2022 12: 13
      +2
      When OPEC and Gazprom collude to form the price, that's good. When the EU is bad.))))

      The correct formulation of the question! good
      I'm glad that you threw off the wraith of tolerance and stood on the bright side drinks laughing
      1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 March 2022 22: 47
        0
        I'm always on the bright side.
        I just consider possible liars with 2 standards - dark.
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 27 March 2022 00: 07
          0
          I'm always on the bright side.
          I just consider possible liars with 2 standards - dark.

          Apparently it is important which side you consider light. The view from different points is different, it is not surprising to confuse our scouts with their spies yes
          1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 27 March 2022 00: 15
            0
            Here. you have 2 standards. not a light Jedi, oh, not a light one.
            1. 123 Offline 123
              123 (123) 27 March 2022 19: 14
              +1
              Here. you have 2 standards. not a light Jedi, oh, not a light one.

              It depends which side you look at. Yours seems to be different.
              I remember proverbs.
              What is good for a Russian is death for a German. A goose is not a friend of a pig. smile
    2. borisvt Offline borisvt
      borisvt (boris) 26 March 2022 15: 22
      0
      About Gazik - I disagree, but about OPEC - to the point))
      I think Libya was bombed partly to prevent it from entering the gas OPEC, which was then rumored to be proposed by us.
      1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 26 March 2022 22: 48
        -3
        Gazik and Opek work closely - they wrote very often.

        Libya is perhaps one of the reasons, didn't attend.
      2. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
        Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 27 March 2022 11: 21
        0
        No, I think that Libya paid for the desire to abandon the dollar and create its own dinar and only work through it, and discard the dollar ...
  3. Bakht Offline Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 26 March 2022 10: 23
    +8
    I don't understand what it is all about. No Western country buys gas from Russia. Gas is bought by private companies. Scholz announced this just yesterday. The German government cannot interfere in the activities of private companies. Or has the EU decided to nationalize Europe's gas concerns?

    And more information. If they do not buy for rubles, they will buy for gold.
    Information on the purchase of gold by the Bank of Russia on the domestic market

    The price from March 28 to June 30, 2022 inclusive will be 5000 rubles per 1 gram.

    https://cbr.ru/press/pr/?file=25032022_192430DKP25032022_182539.htm

    It is still in the domestic market. But in fact, a gold standard for the ruble is being introduced. So to say the Bretton Woods system for the ruble.
    1. faiver Offline faiver
      faiver (Andrei) 26 March 2022 15: 27
      -1
      The German government cannot interfere in the activities of private companies.

      - of course it cannot, but it can very well make the activities of these companies unbearable, as well as our government for our companies
    2. Rusa Offline Rusa
      Rusa 26 March 2022 19: 42
      +2
      ... If they don’t buy for rubles, they will buy for gold

      Thus, all gold mined in Russia and refined should be sold only to the state of the Russian Federation. To this we can add that it is necessary to ban the sale to unfriendly countries: palladium, nickel, titanium, uranium and other strategic resources.
  4. 1_2 Offline 1_2
    1_2 (Ducks are flying) 26 March 2022 12: 10
    +3
    why did the euro ge decide that the Russian Federation would sell them gas, oil, and metals in general? after the freezing and confiscation of the assets of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federation must direct all resources to the Asia-Pacific region, China and India are 3 billion people and they need a lot of resources. and let the West pedal the dynamo
    1. borisvt Offline borisvt
      borisvt (boris) 26 March 2022 15: 24
      +1
      Dadada, it is high time to stop supplying Euro-NATO resources. And then you will have to blow up gas storage facilities all over Europe later))
      1. skeptic Offline skeptic
        skeptic 26 March 2022 21: 44
        +3
        Quote from borisvt
        Dadada, it is high time to stop supplying Euro-NATO resources.

        At the very least, it will raise prices so that any "defense budget increases" of theirs will only support pants.
    2. Awaz Offline Awaz
      Awaz (Walery) 26 March 2022 18: 36
      +1
      how to transport gas and oil to China and India? All pipelines go to the EU and only one to China. In general, you need to drive to India in a big circle through the oil-rich regions of the Middle East. It is easier for India to buy from these very Middle Eastern countries .. And it’s not easy with gas either. Gas needs to be liquefied, build gas carriers in Korea)))) and also carry it to distant lands .. The topic should have been pushed through and thought out earlier, so that now there would be an opportunity to somehow twitch.
      At the moment, the Russian authorities need to look for some kind of opportunity to force the EU to buy gas and even oil according to Russian rules. If they don’t sell it in six months, there will be a big faggot
      1. Rusa Offline Rusa
        Rusa 27 March 2022 08: 24
        +1
        How to transfer...

        Oil is supplied by tankers. India has already quadrupled its oil supplies from Russia. And China said that it could take all the natural gas that comes to Europe from the Russian Federation.
        1. Awaz Offline Awaz
          Awaz (Walery) 27 March 2022 09: 50
          +1
          well, yes, India almost did not buy oil and suddenly increased it by 4 times. It's about the same as if they bought 1 tanker a month, suddenly bought 4. Volumes are scanty / One pipe goes to China. swings on it the most minuscule, compared to what goes to the EU. How will the Chinese be pumping Russian gas to themselves? There is only an option with the fact that the Chinese will buy it from the Russian Federation virtually and sell it in the EU, that is, resell it. The theme is so-so. I will say even more than crappy.
          1. Rusa Offline Rusa
            Rusa 27 March 2022 10: 37
            +1
            Yes, for your information, it is. Follow the news.
            Moreover, India and the Russian Federation agree to pay in their currencies, and not in US dollars. India needs a lot of Russian oil.
            1. Awaz Offline Awaz
              Awaz (Walery) 27 March 2022 10: 45
              +1
              Saying it is one thing but doing everything is not easy. We don't have that many tankers. Foreigners refuse to carry Russian oil . Will you carry it in your palms? You also need to understand that China and India agreed to buy oil in Russia for a reason. Definitely a good discount goes to them ... Taking into account the nuances with the conversion, the topic is so-so, although something than nothing at all ...
              1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
                Bulanov (Vladimir) 28 March 2022 10: 22
                0
                Definitely a good deal for them...

                When the Saudis, at the request of the United States, brought down the USSR, they did not think about the price either.
                1. Awaz Offline Awaz
                  Awaz (Walery) 28 March 2022 13: 28
                  0
                  I repeat to you again, gas goes to China through one pipe (you can read the volumes on the Internet) No more, if only to liquefy, but it takes a lot of gas carriers to build for decades. Moreover, you can only build in South Korea, which is not friendly at all. As well as to carry oil to India. We also do not have so many tankers to carry it. And foreign, I have already said about this, refuse, because they are threatened with sanctions. Here, before jumping in a frenzy, spread your brains slightly. Of course , oil and gas flows can be partly shifted , but this is negligible . The main consumer is the EU. It is necessary to understand that there are refineries in the EU that are owned by Russian oil companies and there are quite a few of them, and they all work on Russian oil.
        2. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
          Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 27 March 2022 11: 25
          0
          It can take it away, the question is the price ... they are also cunning and taking advantage of the situation ...
      2. borisvt Offline borisvt
        borisvt (boris) 27 March 2022 10: 21
        +2
        the fact is that we have resources, and the Euro-NATO members have colored pieces of paper. As far as I know, oil is still busy in tankers - look at the marinradar. Shut off the gas, nickel and rare earths. It's better to be idle for now than to supply the enemies, I think
  5. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 26 March 2022 12: 10
    +4
    The EU leadership will introduce a regime of common gas purchases by all members of the association

    As I understand it, no one thought to ask Gazprom for consent to participate in this Sabantuy? request
    Gazprom has long-term contracts with numerous companies, why should he terminate them at the snap of the fingers of Ursula and his comrades?
    These "brilliant statesmen" are like aliens, they are not childishly weird. There was information (not verified, hands did not reach) that they were going to set a price limit for Gazprom products belay Such is the childish innocence laughing
    1. Bakht Offline Bakht
      Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 26 March 2022 12: 55
      +4
      Qatar is ready to give part of the gas to Europe. Years through five. But under certain conditions.
      1. Long term contracts
      2. The principle of "take or pay"
      3. Link to the "oil basket".
      That is, everything that was blamed on Gazprom. And the EU has abandoned all three principles over the past years. The fulfillment of these conditions by Qatar means a complete rejection of the EU Gas Directive.

      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 26 March 2022 13: 46
        +3
        That is, everything that was blamed on Gazprom.

        Perfectly in the hole yes Martsinkevich is the right uncle good
        They roamed, devoured a cactus, now they are trying to do what they were offered, but at the same time, with the snobbery characteristic of this public, they will declare this their own victory and blame others for everything.

        The fulfillment of these conditions by Qatar means a complete rejection of the EU Gas Directive.

        I wanted to remind you where the roots of such directives come from.

        European Center for Security Studies. George C. Marshall
        (Pentagon partnership with the Bundeswehr)
        https://www.marshallcenter.org/de

        In 2008, immediately after the events in Georgia, he gave birth to such an analysis.
        https://www.marshallcenter.org/de/node/1276

        Scroll through the entire document at your leisure, I'm sure you will "get in" yes Short quotes:

        The European Union 27 currently depends on Russia for almost 38% of its natural gas imports 1 and this dependence will become much greater if the European states implement their now formulated energy policies.

        dependence on Russia will grow to 50-60% of all gas imports within the next two decades, unless a different energy policy is adopted

        These countries must work together now to develop a coherent diversification strategy.

        Natural gas plays a decisive role in energy consumption around the world, and Europe is no exception. The EU accounts for 17% of global energy consumption and uses the same share of annual global natural gas production. 3 When analyzing energy by source, EU consumption is divided into the following categories: oil 43%, natural gas 24%, nuclear power 14%, coal 13%, hydropower 4% and other renewable sources (such as geothermal, biomass, wind and solar) 2%. 4Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of electricity is generated by burning hydrocarbons to heat water for steam used to run turbines. Hydro, nuclear and renewables combined produce much less than gas, coal and oil. In addition, natural gas is the preferred hydrocarbon for power generation because it provides the cleanest combustion and is comparable in price to coal.

        Mainly due to the potential of pipelines and containerships, oil is traded at market prices that fluctuate little worldwide (3,7% in 2005). Against, gas in its natural state can only be transported economically by pipeline, making it much more dependent on regional prices (31% price discrepancy by location in 2005). 9 As a result, natural gas pricing is highly fragmented; its cost varies significantly depending on a variety of factors, including wellhead, long distance transportation, and local distribution costs.

        About LNG

        Since this process is expensive, in most countries liquefied natural gas (LNG) is used only as a supplement to pipeline gas. 10 Liquefying natural gas requires exceptionally large facilities (commonly referred to as lines) where economies of scale alone make the process viable. This further limits LNG exports and imports to producers and consumers able to invest in terminals worth several hundred million dollars. The fact that transporting natural gas in a liquefied state by a container ship results in some of the gas being lost to evaporation along the way further complicates and fragments pricing.

        About pricing

        In Europe, where there are only three major external suppliers 12 , natural gas is typically sold under long-term contracts of up to 25 years. Contracts usually oblige the buyer to purchase a set minimum amount, protecting the producer, who must make large investments not only in exploration, but also in pipelines, pumping stations and storage facilities.

        For the above reasons a major regional gas exporter may be a price maker rather than a price taker. how gas producer and exporter the Russian Federation is unrivaled. (seems to piss them off) laughing

        About China

        Another sobering thought is that while Europe is now Russia's main gas consumer, China's booming economy makes alternative pipeline routes to the south and east economically viable. One supplier with two insatiable buyers is a prospect that has not escaped the planners in the Kremlin.
        1. Bakht Offline Bakht
          Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 26 March 2022 13: 50
          +4
          The most interesting thing in Martsinkevich's interview is gas prices. If in Europe it is 1000-1500 dollars per thousand cubic meters, then in the States it is only 180 dollars for the same thousand cubic meters.
          The economy of Europe is successfully ruined by America. Comparison with the Kama Sutra is quite reasonable.
          14 time: 45
          1. 123 Offline 123
            123 (123) 26 March 2022 13: 59
            +2
            The most interesting thing in Martsinkevich's interview is gas prices. If in Europe it is 1000-1500 dollars per thousand cubic meters, then in the States it is only 180 dollars for the same thousand cubic meters.
            The economy of Europe is successfully ruined by America. Comparison with the Kama Sutra is quite reasonable.

            This is not surprising, the states are ruining the economy of old Europe yes
            I watched the interview, I subscribed to Geoenergy yes
    2. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
      Oleg_5 (Oleg) 26 March 2022 13: 51
      +3
      If they are completely stupid, then now they will amicably terminate the contracts (they won’t want it for rubles).
      But in a week / month they will conclude a new one, already for the entire eurocaudle. In rubles, of course. And not the fact that everyone will like the price :)
      1. Bakht Offline Bakht
        Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 26 March 2022 13: 58
        +3
        How exactly for "the whole eurocaudle"? Each company enters into a separate contract. Are they going to create a gas cartel? This is not even a question of one year. And officials from the EU create incomprehensible projects. No governments simply have the right to enter into economic contracts. Yes, they don't have the money.
        All this chatter about a single gas market, a single system of purchases - it's about nothing.
        And the price will be, according to my estimates, from 120 to 150 thousand rubles per thousand cubic meters.
        1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
          Oleg_5 (Oleg) 26 March 2022 14: 02
          0
          Not. Nothing will be created. Those who are now buying - and will continue to buy. But for one "Eurocene".
          1. Bakht Offline Bakht
            Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 26 March 2022 14: 03
            +3
            Also "Wishlist" from the EU. The distances are different, the gas pipelines are different, the policies of the states towards Russia are different. And the price will also be different.
            The degradation of the political elites of the EU has reached its limit.
        2. borisvt Offline borisvt
          borisvt (boris) 27 March 2022 10: 31
          +1
          it depends on how much Elvira Shikhipzadovna assigns a ruble to the dollar))
          I am for a modest 65 to start, and by the fall 48-50
          1. Bakht Offline Bakht
            Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 27 March 2022 11: 35
            +2
            Judging by the rate of gold 1:80. What will happen by autumn is hard to say. Perhaps a monetary reform. As a soft option - denomination.
        3. Rusa Offline Rusa
          Rusa 28 March 2022 06: 26
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          And the price will be, according to my estimates, from 120 to 150 thousand rubles per thousand cubic meters.

          Then the ruble will strengthen 10 times and can become a reserve currency in world trade. OK
          1. Bakht Offline Bakht
            Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 28 March 2022 07: 34
            +1
            I simply recalculated the price of gas at $1500 for a rate of 80 rubles. This is what makes 120 rubles. But if it strengthens 000 times, then the entire financial structure of the country will change.
            In general, it is no longer possible to make predictions. And it makes no sense to equal world currencies. Let's say a pension of 10 rubles at the current exchange rate is $100. Do you believe it will become $1000?
            Rather, I believe in decoupling from the dollar and canceling the conversion.
  6. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
    Oleg_5 (Oleg) 26 March 2022 13: 38
    +2
    I don’t think that the idea of ​​“putting everything in one pot and then dividing it up as the European bureaucrats do” will appeal to those who directly purchase and pay.
  7. tavia Offline tavia
    tavia (Tatyana) 26 March 2022 13: 54
    +5
    If you remember how the "partners" in the EU stole medical masks and vaccines from each other, you can guess what a "fair" distribution of hydrogen gas awaits them! This will be another show!
  8. VlVl Offline VlVl
    VlVl (VladVlad) 26 March 2022 16: 18
    +1
    And Serbia in the reasoning which side?
  9. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Boris) 26 March 2022 16: 46
    +1
    Well, what about Serbia? It is not part of the EEC and can make deals with the Russian Federation directly
  10. gorskova.ir Offline gorskova.ir
    gorskova.ir (Irina Gorskova) 26 March 2022 17: 53
    +2
    Simple as that. Everyone should bow not only to Biden, but also to Borrell and Ursula, and they will decide to give them an indulgence for a normal life, or ... "Drink water from the tap. And when there is not enough energy to supply water to the taps ... Well it's still raining, puddles are appearing....
  11. sgr291158 Offline sgr291158
    sgr291158 (Sergei) 27 March 2022 06: 27
    +2
    They have not yet understood Russia. If they said for rubles, then for rubles.
  12. Kuramori Reika Offline Kuramori Reika
    Kuramori Reika (Kuramori Reika) 27 March 2022 07: 42
    +1
    I hope so. In today's world, offering to introduce a ceiling on in-demand goods is still an addiction. I want to see how factories in the EU will close.
  13. Sergey Pavlenko Offline Sergey Pavlenko
    Sergey Pavlenko (Sergey Pavlenko) 27 March 2022 11: 18
    +1
    Well, the finale is predictable - the collapse of the EU ..., your shirt is closer to your body and your chair too, so only stupid people can follow the dictates of the EU, and this is fraught with consequences in the EU members themselves for agreeing with an overseas partner ... . Everything is going as it should and soon the states themselves will destroy the geyropa ...
  14. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 27 March 2022 17: 30
    +1
    But for this you need to subdue all the participants. Rich, poor, and forced to agree to receive their share. selected is not clear by whom and by what rule, silently. Break all the contradictions of the bazaar. The worst form of the Soviet distribution system that ruined the USSR.
  15. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 27 March 2022 17: 32
    +1
    Quote: Oleg_5
    I don’t think that the idea of ​​“putting everything in one pot and then dividing it up as the European bureaucrats do” will appeal to those who directly purchase and pay.

    Rakes of the USSR. We had enough for 80 years. How long will they last? We didn't die of hunger. It's just that we didn't have Coke or Mercedes. Their situation is different.
  16. dub0vitsky Offline dub0vitsky
    dub0vitsky (Victor) 27 March 2022 17: 43
    +1
    Admire these pictures




    Put the meaning of the two pictures into one thought. And get how big the dependence of the EU economy on gas and oil supplies from Russia. If the governments of the countries intend to preserve energy in the interests of residents (housing and communal services), then transport will fail first of all, followed by production. How then to ensure the livelihoods of citizens? If you start saving at the expense of people, then yellow vests will appear tomorrow. Russia's share in gas supplies to the EU is 40% of the total, oil 30%. (2017).
  17. Roma Phil Offline Roma Phil
    Roma Phil (Roma) 30 March 2022 13: 31
    0
    Serbia, as of today, is not part of either the EU or the Schengen area. Preliminarily, Serbia's accession to the EU is expected by 2025. But even after the entry, the local currency Dinar will remain in use here.