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(En)Circled by Energy

noose012209.jpgNot too difficult to see what’s going on here.  From UPI:

“The need to diversify routes of supplying gas from my country to EU member states has been underlined by this crisis,” Russian ambassador Vladimir Chizhov told the EU Observer, referring to recent disruptions caused by a dispute between Russia and Ukraine. (…)

Russia also believes the recent supply crisis will boost support for a South Stream project designed to deliver gas to Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. the Observer said.

South Stream and Nord Stream “will provide a circle … of energy security,” Chizhov said.

“If the circle is broken at one point for whatever reason … the rest of the circle will work,” he said.