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Friday, June 17, 2005

Interesting Developments

I don't know if this means anything yet, but I think it's worth watching ...
Kazakhstan Seeks New Oil Route

ALMATY -- Land-locked Kazakhstan, emerging as an important oil producer but short of export outlets, said on Thursday that it was interested in bringing Caspian oil to the Baltic Sea via a Polish-Ukrainian pipeline.

Ukraine, seeking closer ties with the European Union and keen to cut its heavy dependence on Russian energy supplies, built the pipeline between the Black Sea port of Odessa to Brody on the Polish border.

The Odessa-Brody pipeline had originally been planned to run further, to Poland's Baltic port of Gdansk, but under Russian pressure Ukraine reversed the planned oil flow.
What stands out is that Ukraine wanted to build an oil pipeline through to the Polish port of Gdansk - but was pressured by Russia not to.

The link between Poland and the Ukraine is something to watch for. Ukraine means "Borderlands", and has traditionally been Poland's borderlands to the east. Last month Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania signed an Interparliamentary Assembly Agreement:
The forum's ambit is that of the historic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which included most of present-day Ukraine, and was a constitutional monarchy with deeply rooted parliamentary traditions from the 15th through the 18th centuries. Symbolically, the newly founded Inter-Parliamentary Assembly may be viewed as a distant successor to the Commonwealth's Diet, which ceased to exist when autocratic Russia annexed most of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth's territory in the late 18th century. Beyond symbolism, however, in the real world of politics the recent revival of parliamentary democracy in Poland, Lithuania, and Ukraine signifies the success of European constitutionalism in the historic contest against Russian autocracy in this region.

Posted by Lucia Maria | 6/17/2005 05:30:00 pm


Blogger David said...

I'm surprised that none of the deranged left are predicting an invasion of Poland and the Ukraine by Kazakhstan. Like, haven't they been telling us that invading is a much easier method of enabling pipeline construction, rather than paying a bit of rent and allocating some of the construction contracts to local companies?

6/17/2005 07:41:00 pm  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

Maybe we are too busy trying to work out where the deranged one aka Lucyna is coming from on this one David. This morning she was busy telling us that Ukranian peasants were tilling ther land to avoid shopping in supermarkets so maybe this pipeline has something to do with lifestyle envy.

6/17/2005 07:53:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

Maybe if you hold your fist over your forehead, squeeze your eyes and think real hard - it might come to you in a flash of blinding light, Ackers1. But then again, maybe not.

6/17/2005 07:58:00 pm  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

(I thought I was being quite witty but alas it got lost in a tidal wave of Friday night free for all. Have a great weekend Lucyna.

6/17/2005 09:16:00 pm  

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