Tras amenazar con detener el supply a Europa, Rusia analiza un proyecto para proveer gas a China a través de Mongolia

Before the isolation of the West, Putin strengthens the alliance between Russia and China (Sputnik/Aleksey Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS)
Before the isolation of the West, Putin strengthens the alliance between Russia and China (Sputnik/Aleksey Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Luego de amenazar con detener el supply de petroleum y gas a Europa si se imponen límitos de precios, Russia is discussing a new and important infrastructure project to provide gas to China through Mongoliaannounced this Wednesday the president Vladimir Putin.

“We are discussing the possible implementation of a large infrastructure project, that is, the supply of Russian gas to China through Mongolia,” said the Russian representative in a televised meeting with the Mongolian prime minister. Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene.

The two leaders spoke at the Oriental Economic Forum in Russia, Vladivostok, the same day Putin threatened to cut the supply of energy si Occidente adopta topes de precios a las exportaciones de petróleo y gas de Rusia.

The Russian company Gazprom lleva años estudiando la possibility de construir un nuevo e importante gasoducto -el Poder de Siberia 2- que atraviese Mongolia y lleve el gas ruso a China.

The proposed gas pipeline could transport 50,000 million cubic meters (mmc) of natural gas per year, according to Gazprom, less than the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, which runs under the Baltic Sea to Russia and Germany.

The actual gasoducto Poder de Siberia, que va de Rusia a China, se puso en marcha a finales de 2019 con una capacidad anual de 61,000 (mmc) al año. Está previsto que se convierta en una fuente de ingresos clave para Rusia en los próximos años, deboto a que Europa intenda independizarse del gas ruso.

Putin, during the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum 2022 in Vladivostok (Reuters)
Putin, during the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum 2022 in Vladivostok (Reuters)

Just before Russia invaded Ukraine, Putin signed a new 30-year contract to supply gas to China. In 2021, Russia exported 16,500 mmc of gas to China.

Antes de que se pusiera en marcha el Poder de Siberia, casi toda la infrastructur de gasoductos de Rusia estaba orientada al envío de sistemas hacia Europa, lo que hacía que un pivote hacia el Este fuera un esfuerzo potenciale costoso y lento para Moscú.

Putin also said on Wednesday that the oil company controlled by the State, Rosneft, had reached an agreement with the Government of Mongolia to expand cooperation in the supply of petroleum products.

Gazprom, por su parte, announced on Friday that the gas pipeline Nord Stream, which connects Russia with Germany and had to restart its service on Saturday after carrying out maintenance work, would stop its activity “completely” until the repair of the turbine. Moscú affirma que las ciones occidentales impuestas por la ofensiva en Ukraina han provocado una penuria de piezas de cambio, que amenaza la integrity del gasoducto Nord Stream.

Respecto a la postura de Europe, Putin sostuvo en el foro económico que limitar los precios “sería una decisión absolutente stúpida”. “No entregaremos nada en absoluto si es contrario a nuestros intereses, en este caso económicos. No gas, no petroleum, no carbon (…). No”, he added.

The Russian company Gazprom has been studying the possibility of building a new gas pipeline through Mongolia and taking Russian gas to China for years (REUTERS)
The Russian company Gazprom has been studying the possibility of building a new gas pipeline through Mongolia and taking Russian gas to China for years (REUTERS)

Los países europeos vien estudiando fijar un límite para evitar que se siga financiando la invasión a Ukraina y las arcas del Kremlin, que ha estado aprovechando la subida de precios. Putin criticized what he considered to be “a nonsense” and a “sin perspective” solution.

The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

“The objective here is very clear. We must cut down the income of Russia that (the Russian leader Vladimir) Putin is using to finance this terrible war against Ukraine”said the president of the European Commission.

Likewise, Von der Leyen launched a proposal to limit the benefits of nuclear and renewable energy companies, due to the exorbitant electricity prices at the root of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

“Las fuentes de energía bajas en carbono están registrando ingresos de inesperados, que no reflectan sus costos de producción”, said the official, who added that “ha llegado el momento de que los consumers se beneficien” de los jos costos de la energy de ese origin.

Gas pipelines at the Atamanskaya compression station, installation of Gazprom's Power of Siberia project on the outskirts of the far eastern city of Svobodny, in the Amur Oblast, Russia (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
Gas pipelines at the Atamanskaya compression station, installation of Gazprom’s Power of Siberia project on the outskirts of the far eastern city of Svobodny, in the Amur Oblast, Russia (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)

Putin confirmed today his plans to meet with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinpingla próxima semana en el marco de la cumbre de la Organización de Cooperación de Shanghai (OCS), que se celebrára en Samarcanda, Uzbekistán.

“With president Xi Jinping we will see soon, hopefully, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, in the framework of events related to the OCS”, said Putin in his meeting with the president of the Permanent Committee of the National People’s Assembly (ANP, the Chinese Legislature) ), in Zhanshu, según informó el Kremlin.

The summit will be held on the 15th and 16th of September, and it will be the first time the OSC has been present since the pandemic.

It will also be Xi’s first foreign trip since the outbreak of the pandemic and the first encounter between Putin and the Chinese president since the Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

Three weeks before launching the military campaign against Ukraine, Putin traveled to Beijing, where both leaders proclaimed a “new era” in bilateral relations.

Con información de Reuters y EFE

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