US Says TAP Line Will Cut Greece’s Dependence on Russian Gas

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, FILE)

While Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is reaching out for closer relations, a Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) will lessen reliance on Russia for gas supplies, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

That came out of his meeting Alternative Foreign Minister Georgios Katrougalos at the first US-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. as Tsipras is simultaneously wooing the United States and Russia on different fronts and promising to work with both.

While the previously anti-US Tsipras said he would rid Greece of any American military presence and take Greece out of NATO, he is reportedly considering allowing an expanded US military force and moved to get the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) into the defense alliance as a bulwark against Russian interests in the Balkans – after Greece booted two Russian diplomats for allegedly trying to undermine the deal.

Energy has become a key player in geo-political relations as well, with TAP and Greece wanting to work with Cyprus, Israel and Egypt to bring gas to the European Union and Pompeo said the Adriatic line was especially important.

“Diversification of Greece’s energy flow through TAP will reduce dependence of southern Europe on Russian gas. In addition to Greece, Bulgaria will be also less dependent on Russia,” he said.

Alexis Tsipras said at a press conference following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Greece sees the possibility of Russian gas supplies to Europe via the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to include Russia, opposing US interests.

Last summer, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Russia’s Gazprom, Alexander Medvedev, stated the company allowed the use of the TAP gas pipeline capacity when implementing the Poseidon project, which involves the organization of a southern route for the supply of Russian gas through Greece to Italy.

TAP, along with TANAP, is a part of Southern Gas Corridor project. The project envisages transportation of gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz-2 gas field to Greece and southern Italy across the Adriatic Sea through Greece and Albania, and involves designing, construction and operation of the natural gas pipeline, said the Azer News.

Approximately 82 percent of the TAP project, including engineering, procurement and construction, was implemented. On May 29, Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, hosted the launch ceremony of the first phase of the Southern Gas Corridor project.

The Intergovernmental Agreement on the TAP project was signed by Albania, Italy and Greece in February 2013. The 878-kilometer-long (545.46 miles) TAP pipeline, which includes 550 kilometers (341.75 miles) through Greece connected to the TANAP on the Turkish-Greek border, will run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy’s south.

The 4.5-billio- euro ($5.09 billion) TAP pipeline is expected to be commissioned in 2020. The initial capacity of TAP will be 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year from Azerbaijan with the possibility of doubling it.

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  1. Talk about meddling in the affairs of EU member countries …which is designed to make the enemies of the Anglo White Supremacist Regime parading in Washington and Nato…. the enemies of the world!

    This is just another example of what polls of the country of the world have revealed….”That the Greatest Threat to world Peace is the United States of America”…something you will never hear from TNH and the Mass media…who are merely …Aristocratic Elitist supporting their masters of the upper 1 % of the population…who think it is swell to dominate the Economic , Political , and Military Sovereignty of the world!

    The target of this depraved regime …is now the only legitimate threat to their Global plans …Russia and China…who have witnessed the destruction of the people of Afganistan, Iraq, libya, Yemen ,,,,Somalia, Sudan etc etc…but decided to obstruct another regime change war in Syria ..with religious Sunni Muslim terrorist rebel funded by the US. Saudi Arabia , Turkey, England , Qatar , UAE…to topple non complinat non dominant Sunni Muslim governments of the Middle East …and loot their resources of oil and gas!

    While Greece and most of Europe ..do not consider Russia and enemy of Europe…and why should , they!
    Russia has done nothing to threaten anybody in Europe …. and only represent a threat to the Empires advancement to Global dominance!

    Today…the German government and Mrs. Merkel ….have condemned the Blackmailing practice of the Fascist Regime in Washington …who threaten economic sanctions on Germany…. if they continue the construction of a Oil and Gas pipeline …called Northstream 2..which would secure Germany with direct oil and gas resources , at favorable costs from Russia …which is clearly in the national interests of the people of Germany!

    It just doesn’t get any better than this ….when they blatantly tell the German people ..you cannot get your oil from an enemy of the United States …because ..” it would allow having Russia to have a relationship with the neighbors of Germany … and have influence with them!

    Now …one would think…that even the degenerate and criminal media establishment …could comprehend the …depraved actions of a bunch of Anglo White Supremacist ..who believe they are entitled to tell the alleged independent countries of Europe …what they must do…which is join the U.S personal war with the world for economic and political dominance! To date …the German government, unlike, Mr. Tsipras and his government …have not complied…and as they stated….we are not a SATELLITE STATE, OF AMERICA, AND WILL NOT VIOLATE INTERNATIONAL LAWS OF CONDUCT!

    ON THE CONTRARY, Mr. Tsipras .and the satellite state of Greece…have complied with the Blackmail demands of taking over the sovereingty of Greece ..by committing act of Treason…in handing over the Cultural heritage of Greece …to a created U.S base FYROM , has dismissed Russian diplomates from Greece…and has attacked the Orthodox Monks of Mt .Athos as collaborators with Russia and continue the war against the Orthodox Church and Faithful … who are also considered enemies of these demented members of the U.S governmen…because the dominant religion of Russia , Serbia, Syria, Egypt and all the other countries of the world …have an enormous influence ..in all the independent countries of the world …

    In the Ukraine… they have demanded and with the help of Patriach Bartholomew…blackmailed the Ukrainian church to separate from their historical relationship with the Russian Church ….and at the request of the Neo Nazi installed regime of the Ukraine and by the Neo Nazi globalist of the U.S government!

    This action …which is despicably reminicent of what jews were accused of …in prosecuting them to legitimize the burning of their businesses …and ultimately… to their genocide by the Nazi Party of Adloph Hitlers Germany…is confessed to by …none other than Geoffrey Pyatt… U.S ambassador to Greece ..who not only exposed the U.S criminal war .on another one of her designated enemies …but the corruption of the Patriach in Constantinople for his complicity…in surrendering the sovereignty of the Orthodox church to represent the interests of corrupt and criminal country of the United states …that is currently dropping one bomb every 12 minutes of the day ..on some country of the world … and in particularly… those occupied in the Middle East with non Anglo citizens …like Orthodox Christians and Shia Muslim faithful!

    Mr. Tsipras …has already sold his soul to the Devil …just to remain in power… and that is why ..this liar fools no one! As TNH stated…what happened to the elected leader of Greece…who promised to send the Organized Crime family of the U.S led Nato out of Greece?

    As Tsipras ranted the other day…he was going to make Greece, the leading Regional Power of the Balkans and the Mediteranian!

    And you know … he may be right…since,,,,his roadmap is to completely make Greece …a state of America ..like Hawaii… and build up more U.S bases …and not only be the Regional Power in the Mediteranean Sea….but the entire world …as planned by the fascist members of the US government!

    With the help of some of the fraudulent Greek Secret Society of Greek Americah Mason..which TNH splatter us with their distortions representing Hellenism …when they only represent …as they call it …the Glory of America…no different than the brown shirts of Nazi Germany…both Greece and Cyprus …will no longer exist …and their cultures …eventually erased…for the greater good and expansion of American Exceptionalism!

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