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German Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach Forced to Step Down After Spouting Pro-Russian Idiocies at India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
So, will former German Vice Admiral Schoenbach go to work for Putin’s former Stasi Agent friend, Matthias Warnig, at Nord Stream 2? Or for some other Russian company? He will surely be well paid for wittingly or unwittingly playing the blithering blathering idiot for Putin.
Almost everyone, including this now former Vice Admiral, appear ignorant that China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and even Iran, are in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, together. Are they working for SCO countries and feigning ignorance, or are people really that ignorant? SCO is not a secret: “The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), also known as the Shanghai Pact, is an Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance. It is the world’s largest regional organisation in geographic scope and population, covering three-fifths of the Eurasian continent, 40% of the world population, and more than 20% of global GDP.. The SCO is the successor to the Shanghai Five, a mutual security agreement formed in 1996 between China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan…. ts membership has since expanded to eight states, with India and Pakistan joining on 9 June 2017. Several countries are engaged as observers or partners”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Cooperation_Organisation Iran became a full member in 2021.
Tom Newton Dunn @tnewtondunn: “Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK Vadym Prystaiko tells T&G he is “disappointed” with NATO’s response to Russia’s invasion threat. “The Germans are still trying to befriend Russia. If you feed the Russian bear, it will get stronger and one day it will come for you” @TimesRadio 6:40 AM · Jan 23, 2022 https://twitter.com/tnewtondunn/status/1485215865377284096
“MANOHAR PARRIKAR INSTITUTE FOR
idsa DEFENCE STUDIES AND ANALYSES
Talk by Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach, Chief of the German
Navy on ‘Germany’s Indo Pacific Strategy’ January 21, 2022
Only by Invitation 1415 to 1530 hrs Talk” https://www.idsa.in
“Talk by Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schonbach, Chief of the German Navy” https://youtu.be/ODmkoGQw1TU
Kamala Harris’ uncle continued to work at the India Ministry of Defence funded IDSA even while she was sitting in the US Senate, and he even has even worked with them while she was VP-elect and occupying the position of US Vice President!
A few highlights of the Schoenbach speech and questions which were around one hour and twenty minutes long. He’s long-winded like German preachers and priests. It must be a German thing. Now former German Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach, (former) Chief of the German Navy claims that Germany doesn’t have a hidden agenda: “you can’t really believe that Germany has no hidden agenda um as I said we are Germans we are probably not smart enough to have a hidden agenda…
all about money it’s about the influence…
deny China to become a world power doesn’t matter at all but the fact…
but with the Chinese diplomat I have good relations with uh he’s working for the German for the Chinese Embassy in China in Germany of course.
He asked me now what is sending a ship in to to the pacific region…
Britain and France and ships that is what everybody expects from them…”
He repeatedly repeats the same apparently meaningless mantra as Blinken: “rules based order”
Questions are raised to him about MTU engines sold by Germany to China for military uses.
Regarding China he discusses how pro-China Chancellor Angela Merkel was, but the new German government is supposedly not pro-China. He talks about China using money in Africa and Europe to achieve power. One might think this guy’s not so bad after all.
But, oh, whoops, someone asks him about “NATO’s expansion eastwards”. He claims that Ukraine can’t meet the requirements because it’s occupied by Russia. That argument sounds like the indentured servants who were punished with longer servitude for being pregnant, so their masters impregnated them to make them serve longer.
The now ex-Admiral says that “Russia is an old country; Russia is an important country”. He idiotically bleats that India and Germany “need Russia”: “We need Russia because we need Russia against China…. from my perspective I’m a very radical Roman Catholic…” He blithers and blathers on and pretends that Russia’s a Christian country that would somehow block non-Christian China. He pretends that Putin just needs some respect and would make a good bilateral partner for the EU and the United States. In fact, Putin has gotten more respect, for years, than any other person alive. He pretends that sanctions threw Putin into the arms of China, when the truth is that sanctions have been constantly undermined, especially by Germany. Then, of course, there is Sakhalin I&II in the Russian Far East with Exxon, Royal Dutch Shell, India and Japan pumping oil and gas. He idiotically ignores the fact that Putin was in China’s arms well before he invaded Crimea. In fact, the USSR created communist China, though they allegedly had a falling out for awhile, and Putin was a Soviet KGB agent.
While Russia is an estimated 67% Christian, Ukraine is approximately 88% Christian, and the Christianity of Ukraine appears more diverse. So, if he wanted to support Christianity in the Russian-Ukraine conflict, then he should be on the side of Ukraine. Of course, allowing Russia to keep Crimea and the Donbas apparently will make Russia more Muslim and Ukraine less Muslim. If Schoenbach wanted to protect Christians in the region, he would think of Romania and Poland, as well as Ukraine’s security.
Supposed sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine, whereas the Crimea sanctions were toothless and worthless, so they didn’t work: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/23/eu-official-vows-rapid-sanctions-if-russia-launches-ukraine-military-attack
Germany using gunboat “diplomacy”: “On December 6, 1897, two German warships, the screw corvettes SMS Charlotte and SMS Stein, anchored in the harbor of Port-au-Prince, without the usual salute, and Captain Thiele of Charlotte notified the Haitian government of an ultimatum whose conditions were humiliating in both form and substance: compensation in the amount of twenty thousand dollars for Lüders, a promise that Lüders could return to Haiti, a letter of apology to the German government, a 21-gun salute to the German flag, a reception for the German Chargé d’affaires, and four hours to decide. The President was required to raise a white flag on the presidential palace in token of surrender.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lüders_affair
Germany was a major imperialist power and everywhere they went things were and remain f-cked up, especially in Latin America and Africa. The exception would be Pennsylvania Dutch who were religious refugees, and from the Swiss and German Palatinate-Rhineland, anyway.
“German engine technology found in Chinese warships — report
Engines developed in Germany can evade export control bans due to their status as a so-called dual-use technology, a German media investigation has revealed.” Date 06.11.2021 Excerpt: “Several types of Chinese navy warships are powered by engines that were either developed or built by German manufacturers, an investigation by public broadcaster ARD and the Welt am Sonntag newspaper revealed Saturday.
The two companies involved are MTU in Friedrichshafen and the French branch of the Volkswagen subsidiary MAN, according to the report… According to SIPRI, MTU was a regular supplier of engines for Luyang III class missile destroyers through a licensed production plant in China until at least 2020.” Read here: https://www.dw.com/en/german-engine-technology-found-in-chinese-warships-report/a-59740301
THIS WAS IN 2020 BUT BIDEN’S PROBABLY MADE RUSSIA NUMBER ONE AGAIN!
“Russia was the world’s third-largest producer of petroleum and other liquids (after the United States and Saudi Arabia) in 2020; it had an annual average of 10.5 million barrels per day (b/d) in total liquid fuels production. Russia was the second-largest producer of dry natural gas in 2020 (second to the United States), producing an estimated 22.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf).
• Europe is Russia’s main market for its oil and natural gas exports, and by extension, Europe is its main source for revenues. Russia is a major source of oil and natural gas for Europe; a significant share of Europe’s oil and natural gas imports come from Russia.
• Since 2014, Russia has been subject to sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU). The sanctions were imposed in response to the actions and policies of the Russian government with respect to Ukraine. The U.S. sanctions mainly affect Russian energy companies’ access to U.S. capital markets and to goods, services, and technology in support of deepwater exploration and field development.
• Since April 2020, Russia has been actively coordinating oil production with a number of OPEC and other non-OPEC producers, collectively known as the OPEC+ agreement. The OPEC+ agreement aimed to curb crude oil production in response to rapidly declining demand resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.1
• On July 18, 2021, OPEC+ agreed to begin increasing production quotas for the participating countries and to extend the duration of the OPEC+ agreement through the end of 2022. The deal followed an impasse in negotiations a few weeks earlier when the representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) demanded a revision to its crude oil production baseline, which is used to calculate countries’ respective production quotas. The July 2021 deal resulted in an increase in Russia’s production baseline from 11.0 million b/d to 11.5 million b/d starting in May 2022 and also allowed Russia’s production quota to increase by 100,000 b/d per month beginning in August 2021.2 “ https://www.eia.gov/international/content/analysis/countries_long/russia/
Russia 2007 (well before it invaded Crimea and Donbas):
“Almost three fourths of Russian crude oil production is exported; the rest is refined in the country, with some refined products being exported. Of Russia’s 6.7 million bbl/d of crude oil exports in 2004, two-thirds went to Belarus, Ukraine, Germany, Poland, and other destinations in Central and Eastern Europe. The remaining 2¼ million bbls/d went to maritime ports and was sold in world markets. Recent high oil prices have enabled as much as 40% of Russia’s oil exports to be shipped via railroad and river barge routes — more costly modes than pipelines. Most of Russia’s exports of refined petroleum products to Europe are distillate oil used for heating and by trucks.
Russia’s capacity to export oil faces difficulties, however. One stems from the fact that crude oil exports via pipeline are under the exclusive jurisdiction of Russia’s state-owned pipeline monopoly, Transneft. Bottlenecks in the Transneft system prevent its export capacity from meeting oil producers’ export ambitions. Only about four million bbl/d can be transported in major trunk pipelines; the rest is shipped by rail and river routes. Most of what is transported via alternative transport modes is refined petroleum. The rail and river routes could become less economically viable if oil prices fall sufficiently. The Russian government and Transneft are striving to improve the export infrastructure.
Unless significant investment flows into improving the Russian oil pipeline system, non-pipeline transported exports probably will grow. For example, rail routes presently are the only way to transport Russian crude oil to East Asia. Russia is exporting about 200,000 bbl/d via rail to the northeast China cities of Harbin and Daqing and to central China via Mongolia. Since Yukos was the leading Russian exporter of oil to China, there was concern that the breakup of Yukos by the Russian government (see below under “Energy Policy”) might affect rail exports to China. However, Lukoil now is the chief supplier of Russian oil to China.” https://sgp.fas.org/crs/row/RL33212.pdf
Biden VP Kamala Harris’ uncle, to whom she has always been close, is G. Balachandran. He co-authored a chapter in a book, published last year (2021), by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), which is funded by India’s Ministry of Defence: “Part III: Economic Diplomacy and Challenges: 8. “US-China Trade War and its Impact on the Regional Relational Dynamics” by G Balachandran and Nivedita Kapoor pp. 157-182 in “Chinese Power: Trends in Engagement and Containment”, Editor Gaurav Misra. The editor is a serving officer of India’s Army. It is “The East Asia Strategic Review”, which is published yearly by the East Asia Centre, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA), New Delhi, India. https://web.archive.org/web/20210629021757/https://idsa.in/book/chinese-power-trends-in-engagement-and-containment G. Balachandran featured in an IDSA webinar interview on December 29, 2020, even after his niece, Kamala, was generally considered US Vice President. G is for Gopalan, the surname of her mother and uncle Balachandran. His half-Mexican daughter, who lives in DC, and to whom Kamala is close, carries Balachandran as her last name, due to India naming patterns. The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) produces very interesting and good quality work. However, it is the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses of India, and not of the United States. Kamala Harris is supposed to be the Vice President of the United States, and not of India. It is funded by India’s Ministry of Defence and the editor of the book serves in India’s army. Most countries, like India, put their own national interests first, which is what countries are supposed to do!