It was only a matter of time before Russia made a run for the black.
Strangely enough Georgia is in this vicinity and is not a stretch to speculate
that this conflict is motivated by distribution of OIL.
Also I read between the lines a bit....
From all appearance, Gazprom, which was headed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for eight years from 2000 to May 2008, has taken an audacious initiative. It could only have happened thanks to a strategic decision taken at the highest level in the Kremlin.
There is a lot we are unaware of, Russia is now going to control a huge portion of oil distribution. Medvedev --- Russias--- Chenny = cold war is now the black gold war?
Azerbaijan becomes a test case. Equally, Russia places itself in a commanding position to influence the price of gas in the world market. A gas cartel is surely in the making. The geopolitical implications are simply profound for the US.
This also means that Russia Iran ties are not going to be as necessary for Russia... Russia will no longer depend upon Iran for its own energy security for it has bypassed it completely.
It would be nearly impossible to believe that the US will not take advantage and make a move to Iran now.
OIL OIL OIL
From east to west - Afghanistan Iraq Iran - OUR pipeline will floweth over?
Talks of mobilization of carrier groups now makes sense...
The old SUPER powers have awoken, abandoning war with one another, bound for global supremacy.
[edit on 9-8-2008 by mental modulator]