No Illusions

How explosions in the Nord Streams gas pipelines will affect Russian-German relations

Four explosions in the Baltic Sea caused serious damage to Germany's main energy supply line a few weeks ago. A sabotage attack on September 26 damaged both pipelines of the Russian-German Nord Stream 1 and 2.

Though this conclusion may seem far-fetched, the Western media quickly identified Russia as a potential suspect. The Russian government has rightly dismissed this suggestion as "predictable and stupid". The Press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov, called such allegations "absurd": Moscow cannot possibly be interested in destroying its own gas infrastructure. Furthermore, the explosions of the pipelines caused significant damage to Russia.

It seems logical. Unfortunately, the West does not behave rationally. From a retrospective standpoint, the German government's decision not to commission Nord Stream 2 until further notice, completed in September 2021, does not appear to be very reasonable. The reason for this can only be attributed to transatlantic whispers and deep-rooted Russophobia within the German government.

There is no need to recall the unthinkable statements of Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock (the Greens), who announced the "destruction" of Russia as the official goal of German foreign policy in February. During one of the television talk shows in early May, she repeated this statement and expressed her hope that "Russia will not get back on its feet". The current Minister of Foreign Affairs should not utter such formulations.

This makes it all the more surprising that the German government did not make any comments about the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines. There is no evidence that it is interested in finding out the cause of the explosion, which amounts to a declaration of war against Germany. Moreover, it does not even react to the recent decision of Sweden not to transfer the results of its investigation to Germany.

This silence may have two possible explanations. First of all, the German government does not wish to know the truth because it could emerge that the sabotage was the work of some "friendly" state, such as the United States, Poland, or Ukraine. In such a case, what should Berlin do? Should it declare war on Washington? Consider leaving NATO?

Secondly, the explosions in the pipelines are in the interest of the federal government. Nevertheless, it must realize that its suicidal policy towards Russia and its own energy sector will fail during the cold season. Some time ago, Foreign Minister Baerbock hinted publicly about the possibility of "civil disturbances". German partners, especially the US, could not be certain that the government could withstand the street pressure. Thus, it was safer to turn off the pipeline.

The public knows by now that the sabotage was far from perfect. One of the four strands remained intact. The Russian government immediately offered to resume gas supplies. The German government, however, stays silent not only on this issue but also on the fateful decision of the European Parliament on October 6 to completely abandon the use of Nord Stream. By the way, the overwhelming majority of German members of the European Parliament voted for this catastrophic step, which is beyond the realm of common sense.

The end of all illusions
Demonstrative silence on the part of the federal government is unmasking, but makes one clear decision clear: Berlin is sticking to the West's insane course of sanctions and rejects any future cooperation with Moscow.

The federal government's demonstrative silence only confirms the following decision: Berlin adheres to the insane sanctions course of the West and rejects any future cooperation with Moscow.

This does not bode well for Germany's relations with Russia. Germany's energy supply is now totally dependent on the goodwill of the United States, Poland, or Ukraine; in other words, Germany is now 100% vulnerable to blackmail. As of now, there are no other significant energy alternatives available.

This doesn't seem random at all. The other day, the dossier of the well-known American analytical center RAND Corporation caused quite a stir as it contained a detailed plan to destroy the German economy. The file has since disappeared from the front page of the RAND Corporation website, but it is still available online in PDF format. It is possible to view this as a "conspiracy theory". However, the German government is also acting as if it wants to damage its own economy as much as possible.

With the closure of the Russian-German energy axis, one of the most important joint projects between the two countries was halted. In this way (at least for the moment), the strategic goal of the Anglo-American long-term policy of the past 150 years has been achieved: to prevent a German-Russian alliance. American strategists such as George Friedman, founder of the US think tank STRATFOR, have never hidden this fact. He made this clear in his interview just two years ago, in September 2020: "The alliance between Russia and Germany will dominate Europe and end NATO's validity, which is the very outcome the United States has sought to avoid since the Cold War and the Second World War."

The impending energy crisis will be a huge disappointment for many Germans. Life will get a lot more expensive and cold.

Still, there is a positive side to it. As all illusions fade, the naked truth becomes clear: the Federal Republic of Germany is an American protectorate today, just as it has always been. Neither has it been sovereign nor has it made any decisions. Americans, Russians, and EU partners have always understood this. It was only unknown to naive Germans.

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