Nov 19, 2009

Azeribaijan is Pissed

After all this time, the Azeris are finally showing some fangs over the EU's to-be-or-not-to-be attitude to pipelines.

“If Europe takes too long putting together a solution, then all the gas in the Caspian will go to Asia,” said Elshad Nassirov, a vice president at State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan, or Socar. “It’s more serious than it seems.”
And by “serious,” Nassirov means cash – mountains of it.

According to Bloomberg, “China has offered Turkmenistan $4 billion in loans in return for access to energy, while pledging $25 billion to Russian companies and as much as $13 billion to neighboring Kazakhstan.” And that’s just the cover charge. China needs the supplies to support a planned $30 billion pipeline that will streach 10,000 km (!) – from Turkmenistan to Xinjiang.

“The serpent that did sting thy father's life, now wears his crown,” Europe.

And speaking of heirs to the throne, we just discovered that Leyla Aliyeva has a Facebook page. "If you know Leyla, add her as a friend on Facebook."

Done and done. Hottest heads of state, here we come!


Anonymous said...

Ok, what's the deal with daughters of the authoritarian heads of ex-USSR Turkic republics starring in music videos?

I'm just waiting for Gurbanguly's 19 year old daughter to to start rapping with Bakiev's kid in a Mercedes driving down some Leninsky Prospekt in Bishkek. Better yet, get those girls with Googoosha and Leyla and form a Central Asian Destiny's Child -- Deti Sud'by.

Agreed that Leyla is a bonafide hottie.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

What else are they going to do?