“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!