For the second day in a row fighting rages for the ancient Syrian city Palmyra, which was attacked on Saturday by ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) terrorists.
Some analysts have immediately began to question why the oil and gas dependence of Europe on Iran is better than the same dependence on Russia. What are the benefits? But their voices – so far! – are not really heard
Problems of Turkmenistan, which we have discussed in the previous part of this study, are not limited to the budget deficit, street protests of the population, the competition between TANAP and TAPI pipelines, and the threats of intrusion of ‘Islamic State’ militants from Afghanistan. The point is also that, according to some experts, the discord in the Turkmen elite is growing. In particular, analysts, who understand the particular characteristic of Turkmenistan in-depth, say that, in this country, the ‘street’ protests are, in principle, impossible without the direct sanction of the certain leaders of the elite.
Turkmenistan’s attempts to expand its gas supply through Uzbekistan to the gas-poor republics of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan proved unsuccessful due to resistance from Tashkent, whose relations with Dushanbe and Bishkek have grown progressively less friendly.
Turkmenistan’s gas reserves are appraised as the fourth-largest in the world, after Russia, Iran and Qatar. The republic has large gas fields in the East and Northeast. Back since Soviet times, this gas has been supplied to Russia, and from there to Europe. The republic’s central and western regions have promising gas fields, including those on the Caspian shelf. The Southeast, near the border with Afghanistan, is home to the old, large Dauletabad gas field.
Interim Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov called the video with threats to Russia spread by ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) online “empty bable”. According to him, this video was prepared by Western intelligence agencies. Kadyrov made this statement on August 1 on his official Instagram page.
ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) terrorists made a dangerous counterattack in the eastern Syrian province of Homs. As a result they managed to capture two gas fields Shaer and Al-Mahr. This was reported by the Lebanese newspaper “As-Safir” on Wednesday.
The key personnel of the “Islamic State” (Organization banned in Russia) was trained and formed in the Camp Bucca under the constant US supervision
This is the second article in the series. You can find part one here.
In the first half of 2015 reputable publications and news agencies of different countries increasingly heatedly discussed whose product ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) is and who should be held responsible for the creation and activities of this group. The discussion of this topic that begun late in 2014 in the Western media can hardly be stopped. And so the competition or even war of accusations is inevitable.
The key issue of the emerging debate is the long-standing question of the real relationship between ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) and the United States. So far, it is not easy to give a full answer to that question. However, many things are starting to make sense.
Russian military aircraft eliminated a group of ISIL (Organization banned in Russia) militants who tried to break through from Palmyra, the Head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Sergei Rudskoy said, Interfax reports.