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  Reply # 1071634 21-Jun-2014 12:59
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gzt: Hang on I'm a bit confused here. He didn't mention Greenpeace at all. What makes you think it is a swipe against Greenpeace?

And what about your link shows what he says is nuts? It shows BP signing an agreement to prospect for Russian oil. I'm not making the connection.


Sorry - I edited out my reference to greenpeace before reading your post, but anyway - they would be an obvious contender for the type of group Rasmussen wast trying to finger:

 "I have met allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-governmental organisations - environmental organisations working against shale gas - to maintain European dependence on imported Russian gas. That is my interpretation."

And why is it nuts?  Because the news article I linked to shows that Russia is seeking JV with Western oil companies to exploit shale gas reserves within Russia by "fracking".  Turkeys don't vote for Xmas. Russia's easily exploitable reserves are finite too.

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  Reply # 1071658 21-Jun-2014 13:38
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I kind of disagree with your logic. Turkeys will vote for anything they think will not affect them ; ). All the same you've kind of reminded me indirectly this kind of talk is often just rumour level and hard to know what the basis is and whether it had any significant effect anyway.



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  Reply # 1071691 21-Jun-2014 14:20
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gzt: I kind of disagree with your logic. Turkeys will vote for anything they think will not affect them ; ). All the same you've kind of reminded me indirectly this kind of talk is often just rumour level and hard to know what the basis is and whether it had any significant effect anyway.


Secretary General of NATO is a senior enough position so that you'd expect that some consideration had been given to the consequences of making such accusations. 
Of course it's credible that interests within Russia might see shale oil/gas extraction as a commercial threat, bearing in mind that Russia's corruption perception index has it ranked alongside Mali and Gambia.  Placing a short term gain against the best interests of your country would hardly be out of character.

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