Alexei Miller visits Greece-Gazprom’s “Boss” gives ultimatum

Alexei Miller

Alexei Borishovich Miller, Chairman of Gazprom’s management committee has visited Greece in a trip which seems to have a political scent apart as much as the anticipated business one.

Miller visited Greece, because Gazprom has made the best offer so far, which is up to three times higher than the best bidder gives, for Greece’s DEPA privatization. In numbers, Gazprom offer $1.8 bn, but the Americans won’t even hear the possibility of Greece’s natural gas service ending up in Russia’s hand. Nevertheless Miller’s visit has shown that it’s not the Americans Greeks should be afraid of, but the Russians.

The Russians had made the Burgas-Alexandroupolis Deal with Greece’s 2008 Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis along with the order of the BMP-3 IFV vehicles, the last one having been put under scrutiny over the usefulness of an IFV/APC vehicle meant to operate in the narrow terrain of Evros, however this is another story.

As long as George Papandreou took over he, with the aid of Borisov (may God rest his political career in peace), did everything he could to annul every single deal Karamanlis had made with the Russians. Wikileaks had leaked that there was an assassination plan orchestrated by the Americans, which never took place, however it was reported that a clash between GRU and an unknown contingent had taken place in Athens. Be that as it may, the thing which did more damage was the allegation that the December 2008 riots were indeed orchestrated by foreign interests, specifically American. Putin had then called Karamanlis and asked him to intervene politically, but Karamanlis said NO, aware of the fact that this would lead to serious repercussions none of them could even imagine.

When Papandreou visited the Kremlin in 2009, Ivan Savvidis, a Duma MP and the new owner of the Greek Football team PAOK, had arranged a meeting between him and Vladimir Putin in order for Russia to lend Greece the amount of 50 bn dollars, so that it would not end up…like it ended up today. Papandreou, instead of talking about the most important issue of his visit, he talked about other environmental collaborations that Greece and Russia could pursue. Putin was furious about the man’s irresponsibility along with his highly American dependent character, but there was nothing he could do about it. Afterwards, came the official statement by then President Medvedev in which he “encouraged” Greece to go to the IMF, but the context of the statement was interpreted according to Papandreou and his team’s intentions. Medvedev after having presented a series of solutions for Greece and after having received several negative answer from Papandreou he said: “OK then go to the IMF”.

Papandreou, though, made this trip in order to appease the pro-Russian citizens of Greece who historically have always been looking in the Northern-East part of the globe when had times came. Not only did Papandreou not honor his predecessor’s agreements, he blamed the Russians on top for not having helped Greece and urged the Greek citizens “not to expect help from anyone except themselves”, while he had already made all the necessary preparation for the country to ask help from the IMF. The man is a professional liar and a con-artist and he made the first step towards infuriating Moscow.

Now Antonis Samaras, Greece’s PM was presented with an Ultimatum. Governmental circles “paint” the meeting as one of the gloomiest and most serious the government has ever took. Alexei Miller’s conveyed his business message and along with it, its political counterpart, which stated that this is Greece’s last chance of cooperating with Moscow on something. If the Prime Minister does not show respect for the rule of law, which is plainly: The highest bidder wins, then the diplomatic ties between the two countries would be severed. After Bulgaria, we all know what that means. Not that the next Prime Minister, if Antonis Samaras’s government goes to elections, will be pro-Russian, on the contrary, Alexis Tsipras for example as DefenseHorizon has emphasized is more pro-US than any other politician in the country. Nevertheless, he has not realized that “the hot potato” will burn his fingers and the country will plunge into further political turmoil. The Russians are determined, not to let it go this time. They wouldn’t mind promoting a civil war in Greece, for the sake of not letting the Country overwhelmed by Washington.

Moscow is clearly on expansion mode and obviously since the Fukushima disaster, which gave Germany the excuse to become more dependent on Russian energy, the South would be divided into business sectors of influence and the energy was always meant to be taken by Russia, thus the permanent fleet contingent announced by Shoigu meant to patrol in the Mediterranean. The problem is though that the EU is not being led by Germany. It is being largely influenced by Germany, true, but Germany cannot take any decisions unless there is a broader consensus between the member states. And there are many member states who see the energy reliance on Russia, as a catastrophe, since they are still pro-US or pro-NATO or simply anti-Russian.

Be that as it may, Miller said what he had to say and all these of course remain off the record, nevertheless they were broadcasted today by independent veteran Greek journalists who have many contacts inside the government. One of the most knowledgeable in terms of what’s going on in the “dark corridors” is George Traggas, a Greek Journalist from the “Old School” who has drawn the attention of German media, since he can be described as being by far the most anti-German Journalist in Greece.  

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