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Monday, June 12, 2017

Nat Gas Coming liquified

The first liquefied natural gas shipment from the United States arrived at Poland's newly constructed LNG terminal in Świnoujście. Prior to this, a delivery was made from Qatar. The shipments of natural gas are a landmark of sorts in Europe’s continuing drive to diversify the sources of its energy imports.

Poland's first LNG Terminal at Świnoujście

For Poland, imports from the U.S. and Middle East countries are fruit of new energy infrastructure that allows it to reduce near total dependence on Russian imports.

“It’s very important, it’s a milestone,” one Polish diplomat told Foreign Policy. The diplomat said energy diversification is a top priority for eastern Europe countries in Russia’s shadow, a safety net if Moscow ever decides to cut supplies in geopolitical ploys against its neighbors — something it has repeatedly done in the past.
Eastern European countries like Poland and the Baltic states have already suffered past episodes of Russian energy bullying. Now, they are increasingly unnerved by Russia’s tense showdown with NATO over Ukraine, Syria, and a slew of other geopolitical minefields. But they also remain heavily reliant on Russian energy. 

Russia, for its part, is just as reliant on cash from its energy exports to Europe to shore up its anemic economy. (Europe is by far the biggest market for Gazprom, the big natural gas firm, grandiose plans to expand to China notwithstanding.) As Europe diversifies its gas supplies — from the United States, Norway, and other gas exporters like Qatar, Russia will face a choice between losing its big share of the market — and the political clout that comes with it — or lowering prices to stay competitive.

Poland took 1 million Uke refugees already

President Andrzej Duda might call for a vote on whether the country should adhere to the European Union’s decision to shelter Muslim refugees The EU recently chastised neighboring Czech Republic for not adhering to its quotas for relocating troublesome migrants.

Great PR for Muslim Refugees
 The vote could coincide with 2019 general elections and could help prevent a future Polish administration from reversing the current government’s policy of rejecting the EU’s quota system. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo’s cabinet, led by the ruling Law & Justice Party, has said it won’t accept any of the refugees who have come to Europe from the Middle East and Africa in the continent’s worst migrant crisis since World War II.

Poland has accepted over 1 million from war torn Ukraine.

There have been no terror attacks in Poland. Over 40,000 Tatar Muslims have been living in peace and contributing to Polish society for nearly 500 years. They assimilate and do not advocate Sharia Law.  

Trump to Poland

President Donald J. Trump accepted the invitation of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, to visit Poland in advance of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Trump to Poland July 6, 2017
The visit will reaffirm America’s steadfast commitment to one of our closest European allies and emphasize the Administration’s priority of strengthening NATO’s collective defense. The leaders will discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, deepening an alliance based on shared values and common interests. While in Poland, President Trump will deliver a major speech, and he will attend the Three Seas Initiative Summit to demonstrate our strong ties to Central Europe.

Above from White House dispatch

Let's see how many protests there will be!

Legal, but disrespectful

91 people charged for obstructing a memorial observance for the late President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in Russia seven years ago. 

Wladyslaw Frasyniuk leading disrespectful protest
The crash occurred April 10, 2010, and on the 10th of every month Kaczynski's surviving twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski, chairman of the conservative ruling party, leads a memorial observance in Warsaw in honor of his brother and the 95 others who died with him.

Protesters tried to block the observance Saturday evening, with some chaining themselves together on a street, and were removed by police.

Warsaw police said they were charging Wladyslaw Frasyniuk, a prominent member of Solidarity in the 1980s, with battery against a police officer, a crime that carries a sentence of up to three years. 

"Wladyslaw Frasyniuk used his physical strength against a policeman and blocked a legal gathering," the Interior Ministry said. "He was responsible for the violation of the integrity of an officer on the job. In Poland, everyone is equal before the law."

Frasyniuk disputed the ministry's claim, saying he never attacked an officer and only tried to defend himself.

Barbora Cernusakova, one of about a dozen Amnesty International monitors present Saturday evening, told The Associated Press that she witnessed police issuing a warning before removing the protesters and holding dozens of them for about an hour on two sites near the assembly of protestors saying the police didn't use excessive force.

Protest all you want but not at a memorial. Have some respect for the dead you Westboro Baptist like freaks.