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Tuesday, February 28, 2006


This story isn't about Russia, but it's too good to let go by. Apparently Nigeria is looking to China instead of the sluggish U.S. for help in protecting its oil production facilities:

Nigeria is turning to China for military supplies to protect its embattled oil fields, as its vice president says the United States isn't moving fast enough.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Vice President Atiku Abubakar said the U.S. government has offered the Nigerian military technical assistance and training, but has provided only four old coastal patrol boats for use in the oil-rich Niger Delta, where at least 200 are required.

Militant attacks on oil facilities and kidnappings of foreign oil workers this month have shut down one-fifth of oil production in Nigeria, the world's eighth-largest oil exporter.

A senior Nigerian naval official said Nigeria felt let down by the reluctance of the U.S. military to offer more support and that the Chinese boats were a very welcome development.

Why the U.S. didn't move more swiftly and substantively to help protect Nigerian production is beyond me. Why not protect the fields while urging Nigeria to deal more generously with its poverty-stricken populace? China is sure to do the former, without so much as a nod towad the latter . . .


At 3:41 PM, Blogger David Amulet said...

First you change to Russia, then you go back!

Actually, this is good. My steady source for things Russian, but I know you'll still update us on other international energy issues. One-stop shopping.

-- david


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