In a statement, Obama said he accepted Petraeus’s resignation on Friday.
"By any measure, through his lifetime of service, David Petraeus has made our country safer and stronger," Obama said of the four-star general, who led American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"In his mind, in his views, with his code of ethics and morals, he did a very dishonorable thing," the official said. "This had nothing to do with Benghazi, nothing to do with his relationship with the White House."
Petraeus was appointed CIA director in April 2011, replacing Leon Panetta, who moved to the Pentagon to become defense secretary.
**Nacubbo on the Knife's Edge**
Nabucco Faces ‘Terminal Blow’ as Hungary Woos Russia Link
By Zoe Schneeweiss and Anna Shiryaevskaya - Apr 24, 2012 9:02 AM PT
The Nabucco natural-gas pipeline project to ship Caspian fuel to Europe may have been dealt a “terminal blow” as Hungary seeks to attract a rival link planned by OAO Gazprom, Russia’s gas export monopoly.
Mol Nyrt. (MOL), the country’s largest company by market capitalization, is leaving the 7.9 billion-euro ($10.4 billion) Nabucco project, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said yesterday in Brussels.
Russia Barking at Nabucco's Moon?
RUSSIA JOINS THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST NABUCCO PROJECT ACCOMPLISHMENT
Intergovernmental agreement on the gas pipeline Nabucco construction lying round Russia forces Russian authorities to activate negotiations on construction of the lobbying pipeline “South Stream”. According to experts Russia will use all available means to attract partners to “South Stream”.
Russian authorities call not to politicize the process of Nabucco pipeline construction. Particularly, the source in the Ministry of Foreign Affair of the Russian Federation informed Interfax about it. “We are assured, that all gas transporting network projects should be based not on geopolitical views, but first of all on cost-effectiveness”, - underlined the diplomat.
“South Stream” will lie along the bottom of the Black Sea from Novorossiysk to Bulgarian seaport of Varna. Further one branch of the pipeline will lie through the Balkan Peninsula to Italy, and the second through Hungary to Austria.
He is convinced that “meanwhile, we say the same about Nabucco”. “To our view, it is still not clear about the guaranteed resources base, and in these conditions the risks of investments enhance multiply”, - said the diplomat. According to his comments, “it all results into prolongation of the terms of Nabucco accomplishment”.
More Nabucco talk in Moscow
Nabucco project may be delayed. For ever
Tags: Business, Opinion & Analysis, World, Nabucco, gas pipeline
Feb 16, 2012 18:36 Moscow Time
The fate of the European Nabucco project will be decided in the middle of this year. Experts link this to the progress in the talks between Turkey and Azerbaijan on the construction of the Trans-Anatolian gas pipeline (TANAP). Official Baku says that it plans to sign an agreement soon. Amid the above-mentioned events, the European press is actively criticizing Azerbaijan, warning again of the danger of the Russian South Stream project.
The launching of the TANAP gas pipeline may finally change the concept of gas supplies to South Europe, which is currently developing within the framework of the South Corridor Project and provides for the construction of three gas pipelines, including ITGI (Turkey- Greece- Italy), TAP (Turkey-Albania-Italy), and Nabucco( the Caspian Sea Region-Turkey-Europe). This corridor is meant for the diversification of gas supplies to Europe – meaning, first of all, efforts to decrease its dependence on the Russian gas.
It was planned that the Nabucco gas pipeline, which is due to connect the Russian Caspian Sea Region with Turkey, would play a pivotal role here. After the presentation of this project, there appeared forecasts that Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan would become the suppliers for it. For objective reasons, only Baku can become the supplier today - only after the second stage of the Shah Deniz gas field is launched. In the current situation the Nabucco needs automatically put under threat the implementation of the South Corridor Project, Head of the National Energy Security Foundation Konstantin Simonov says.
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