Uzbekistan blockading Tajikistan over dam

Uzbekistan blockading Tajikistan over dam

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Rails and crossties are being dismounted and carried away far into the territory of Uzbekistan

The Uzbek authorities are trying to take over the Farkhad dam situated in Tajikistan and inflicting a gas and transport blockade on Tajikistan for refusing to give away the dam.
A sharp deterioration in relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which has lately turned into a public correspondence between the two countries’ prime ministers, has been incited by Tashkent’s desire to take over the Farkhad dam, a reliable source in the Tajik official circles has told Uznews.net.
Without any legal base, Uzbekistan is insisting on changing the state borderline between the countries so that the Farkhad dam is included into the Uzbek territory, the source added.
The Farkhad hydroelectric complex that has a small water reservoir was built in modern Tajikistan’s territory in 1947. It was designed to withdraw water from Syrdarya and to let water flow down to the steppes of Golodny (in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan) and Dalverzinsky (Uzbekistan and Tajikistan).
The hydroelectric complex includes a dam and water gates, one of them serving the Farkhad hydropower station located on the territory of Uzbekistan.
Tajikistan has refused to give away the Farkhad dam to Uzbekistan, referring to acts of 1960-1961 that have been adopted by mutual consent as a basis for border delimitation and demarcation between the now independent states.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry has not answered a journalist’s request to confirm or deny the Tajik party’s information and to explain based on what and how Tashkent is intending to take over the Farkhad dam.
Rail freight blockade
Tajikistan’s contradiction has turned out to be Uzbekistan’s incredible economic pressure on the country in the form of energy and rail freight blockade.
Since 2010, Uzbekistan has systematically blocked the transit of rail freight into Tajikistan.
On 17 November 2011, Tashkent blocked the transit of rail freight into southern regions of Tajikistan, claiming that an “act of terrorism” had taken place on the 44 km-long railway section Termez-Amuzang.
Tajikistan has repeatedly requested to restore the railway and offered help, arguing that people, hospitals and schools are suffering from the blockade of cargo, such as goods and fuel.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry has rejected help from Tajikistan.
“The Uzbek side has decided to take all necessary measures independently to investigate the railway explosion and to restore it immediately,” says note No 12/36794 issued by the Uzbek Foreign Ministry on 7 December 2011.
However, the railway has not yet been restored. Late in March 2012, it became known that the Uzbek authorities had began to dismantle the railway section.
Demounted rails and crossties are being taken away deep into the territory of Uzbekistan, the source in the Tajik official circles said.
Gas blockade
On 5 January 2012, Tajikistan signed a deal with Uzbekistan for a staged supply of 200m cu m of natural gas in 2012. However, two months later Uzbekistan stated that it would stop gas supplies to Tajikistan on 1 April.
The Uzbek first deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Rustam Azimov, on 18 March sent a letter to his Tajik counterpart, Murodali Alimardon, saying the following:
“In response to your letter dated 16 March 2012, we inform you that in line with the contract signed between the Uzbektransgaz and Tajikgaztrans companies in the city of Tashkent on 5 January 2012 guaranteed supplies of natural gas to Tajikistan are provided for the first quarter of 2012.”
“In view of the lack of available resources, further natural gas supply to Tajikistan is impossible,” the Uzbek minister concludes his letter peremptorily.
Tajikistan has described increasing gas supplies to Russia and China as a farfetched reason and regarded Tashkent’s decision as a desire to worsen situation in Tajikistan.
Barrier to Turkmen electricity
Devil-may-care attitude towards its own commitments is not the only leverage that Tashkent is using to put pressure on its southern neighbour. Under various pretexts, it has for many years blocked the transit of Turkmen electricity.
“Similar actions by the Uzbek authorities have doomed population in Tajikistan to harsher living conditions,” the Tajik source told Uznews.net.
The Tajik authorities believe that Tashkent is inciting growth in social tension in Tajikistan.
Mirziyayev’s denial
Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev tried to respond to Tajikistan’s claims on 3 April.
He posted his answer to his Tajik counterpart, Akil Akilov, saying that all of Tajikistan’s claims “are not justified at all” while Uzbekistan’s actions “fully meet requirements of the international law”.
Mirziyayev’s letter carried nothing but refutation of obvious things. The letter does not say anything about the proven facts that the railway bed was demounted and the natural gas supply was stopped unilaterally.
Mirziyayev talked about guaranteed supplies of 45m cu m of natural gas and hushed up the fact that the deal had been signed for 200m cu m.
He also held back the fact that the two sides could have jointly repaired the railway section which Mirziyayev said was damaged “by tragic events” and is being stripped down and moved away from Tajikistan as far as possible.
The Uzbek prime minister did not mention one of the solid reasons for the dispute, which is the Farkhad dam, either.

“October Surprise,” As Obama Plays the Saudi Card

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“Trump believes Obama has secret deal with Saudis on oil prices‬.”  If Obama does ask the Saudis for this pre-election favor, then it will compound the debt that he already owes the royal family for taking the lead in the Arab Spring psyop and for fronting the anti-Iran operation.  Look for gas prices to go through the roof after the election. 

But this is Obama’s way, his “method of operation” (M.O.).  Just as he has convinced the Saudis to take the lead in “Persian Gulf III.” he has also convinced Germany to take the lead in Central Asia, as it helps to build an anti-Russian coalition in places where the Americans may already be wearing-out their welcome–Northern Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and perhaps in Turkmenistan. (Berdymukhamedov remains reluctant to allow the major US oil and gas giants access to the Caspian source of his wealth, but he is nevertheless, leading the diplomatic/economic effort to tap the Caspian wealth via Azerbaijan and Ukraine. Georgia is already on board for any pro-American pipeline project).

The danger of empowering the Saudis even further comes from their enormous financial resources, but more urgently, from the threat represented in their brand of radical Wahabbi Islam.  By pouring their resources into spreading this virulent form of false Islam and empowering the jihadi armies which it inspires, the Saudis have real potential to set the world aflame.  This is the real “al-Qaeda,” represented by the armies of Wahabbism who serve the world Empire.  If the United States can continue to harbor that “Islamist” flame, while profiting from the fires it creates, as well as from the forces marshaled to defend against them, then Obama may accomplish the Empire’s original mission—to take control of Central Asian gas going to both Europe and to China. 

Through the careful application of diplomatic “soft” power, American interests have have gained a foothold in Central Asia, the Middle East and the oil-producing regions of Northern and Central Africa, from which American hard power can dominate all oil and gas assets in this half of the world.  This is the greatest gamble that the world has witnessed since the days of Adolf Hitler.  All the players in this puzzle plan to share in the profits to be taken over the Silk Road and from under the Caspian Sea.  All of them should be given their own shares of their national penal systems whenever the pipeline projects fail to materialize and all that remains is the criminal conspiracy behind them.  

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Ukraine Ups the Ante, Increases Bets Against Russian South Stream By €790m

[Ukraine has attempted to increase its political weight against Gazprom, by joining efforts with Turkmenistan and Georgia to create trans-Caspian pipeline,  to block Russian efforts to bypass Ukraine with its gas for Europe.  Can they force Russia to bend, allowing the US-engineered alliance to undercut the Russian gas monopoly in Europe?  Not likely.  If their efforts become too intense, look for renewed Russian military actions in Georgia, as well as in the Caspian, perhaps leading to a Russian occupation of Turkmen Chelekan area oil and gas platforms (SEE:  Russian War Games Repelling Simulated Iranian Air Assault Upon Exxon/Mobil Caspian Drilling Platforms).  Hillary and Obama are really playing with fire in their attempts to blackmail Russia and Gazprom into surrendering their European cash cow.]

Ukraine to invest EUR790m in Trans Caspian pipeline project

EBR Staff Writer

Ukraine is looking to invest €790m in joining the Trans Caspian Pipeline project, which will connect Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan’s Caspian Sea coast.

The country intends to partner in the development of the project by the establishment of a joint venture once it reaches an agreement with the Azerbaijani government.

State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic and State Agency for Investment and National Projects will be part of the joint venture, which will prepare a feasibility study for the project which is expected to transport 20-30 billion cubic meters of gas every year, according to en.apa.az.

Ukraine is ready to invest about 10% of the project’s total cost if the pipeline will be linked to Kulevi LNG terminal in Georgia.

The Trans Caspian pipeline will increase the transshipment volume through the Kulevi oil terminal from current 10 to 20 billion cubic meters per year.