Russia may completely stop by 2015 using ports in the Baltic states to transport energy supplies abroad via sea routes, the transportation minister said on Saturday.
Russia currently exports about 80% of its oil products through ports in the Baltic states.
"By 2015 we will have sufficient energy supplies transit capacity at our domestic ports," Igor Levitin told a government meeting in St. Petersburg.
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#162 Aug 19, 2008
Europe does not see Russia as an aggressor in this crisis, but if USA pursues its goal of bringing Georgia and Ukraine into NATO, there are only three options:
If Europe digs in its heals and refuses, on the grounds that it does not need Russia as an enemy, then either the United States drops its demands, or NATO breaks up. The third and perhaps likeliest alternative is that Europe agrees to let the two former Soviet republics join, but with unspoken reservation that they will never go to war with Russia. That would be a less dramatic end for NATO, but it would be an end. A tow-tier alliance is not alliance.
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