"On Nov. 5, 2013 (just a few weeks before the Maidan demonstrations began in Kiev), Chevron signed a 50-year agreement with the Ukrainian government to develop oil and gas in western Ukraine ... The United States offered its diplomatic support, with Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying, “I’m very determined to cooperate with the Ukrainian government in strengthening Ukraine’s energy independence.” U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Victoria Nuland spoke at an international business conference sponsored by Chevron on Dec. 13, 2013, after just returning from Kiev where she handed out cookies and sandwiches to demonstrators on the Maidan. In her speech, she urged Ukraine to sign a new deal with the IMF ... This is important for putting Ukraine “on the path to strengthening the sort of stable and predictable business environment that investors require,” she said. Although stability and predictability are not exactly the words that people would associate with Ukraine these days, Western energy companies have continued to maneuver for corporate rights over Ukraine’s shale gas deposits. Last fall, officials were in negotiations with an ExxonMobil-led consortium to explore for hydrocarbons off Ukraine’s western Black Sea coast ... Royal Dutch Shell is also engaged in the country, having signed an agreement last year with the government of Yanukovych to explore a shale formation in eastern Ukraine. When it comes to Crimea, numerous oil companies including Chevron, Shell, ExxonMobil, Repsol and even Petrochina have shown interest in developing its offshore energy assets. Believing that Crimea’s onshore and offshore fields will live up to expectations, these companies have greatly expanded their exploration of the Black Sea off the Crimean peninsula. Some analysts believe that one of Vladimir Putin’s motivations for annexing Crimea was to ensure that Gazprom will control Crimean offshore energy assets – in addition to ensuring the continued use of Crimea as host to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet ... But with their disproportionate influence over Ukraine’s future, it should be kept in mind that the number one responsibility of any corporation is to increase profit margins for its shareholders, not necessarily to promote the democracy or sovereignty of the countries they are operating in." 

Zum Artikel von Nat Parry, erschienen auf Consortiumnews (24. April 2014) »

Zum Vortrag von Hans Hutta (ICM Petroleum Management) "Is the Black Sea the Next North Sea?" auf der IENE Conference, Thessaloniki (30.-31. Mai 2012) »

Zum Vortrag von Alex Beaurieux "Die Ukraine auf dem geopolitischen Schachbrett einer Welt nach Peak Oil" im Rahmen der Veranstaltung "Ukraine im Umbruch" beim Schülerrat Freiburg e.V., Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg (2. Juni 2014) »

Zum Interview mit Dr. Daniele Ganser, Stephen Lendman und William Engdahl "NATO's 'Gladio' Army in Ukraine" in der Sendung "The Truthseeker" auf RT (14. Juni 2014) »