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Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29The whole geopolitical situation has now become even more precarious following the deliberate shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17. If that was not bad enough, it transpires that over 170 of the people on board the ill-fated flight were Dutch and three of the passengers were Shell employees. What will Ben van Beurden do if it is confirmed that the Sun front page headline today is accurate, bearing in mind that Putin has already annexed Crimea and is behind the rebels/terrorists trying to grab an even larger slice of the Ukraine for him?  

By John Donovan

Shell’s relationship with Russia and the Ukraine became more difficult earlier this week when the USA escalated sanctions against Russia, targeting in particular Russian energy giant Rosneft and Gazprombank, the financial arm of Gazprom. 

Rosneft and Gazprom are controlled by the corrupt and aggressive Putin regime. Both companies have important business dealings with Shell.

Shell has already pledged to comply with all international sanctions against Russia, but the pledge seems at odds with grovelling comments made to Putin on 18 April 2014 by Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Ben van Beurden. 

Experts have warned that Russia could retaliate against American and European multinationals in response to sanctions. Russia has also threatened that firms leaving over sanctions would not be able to return any time soon. 

For obvious related reasons, Shell also has a complicated and delicate relationship with Ukraine.

The whole geopolitical situation has now become even more precarious following the deliberate shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17.

If that was not bad enough, it transpires that over 170 of the people on board the ill-fated flight were Dutch and three of the passengers were Shell employees.

What will Ben van Beurden do if it is confirmed that the Sun front page headline today is accurate, bearing in mind that Putin has already annexed Crimea and is behind the rebels/terrorists trying to grab an even larger slice of the Ukraine for him? 

I think we already know the answer. 

Shell is not interested in morals, ethics, human rights, the safety of it employees, the public, or any other consideration, except money. For over a 100 years, Shell has been driven by unscrupulous greed as its sole motivator.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 13.09.49Shell funded Hitler and the Nazi party, and has subsequently done business with a string of evil regimes, including General Sani Abacha, Gaddafi, Saddam Hussein, the Mad Mullahs of Iran and the South African Apartheid regime. Putin is but the latest power mad egomaniac to be treated like royalty by Shell. Bowed to and fawned over by Ben van Beurden.

Basically, the company is willing to deal with the devil if that is what it takes to please investors and generate multimillion dollar financial packages for its fat cat executive directors, irrespective of their performance, honesty and all moral considerations.

At the Royal Dutch Shell Plc AGM in May 2014 Ben van Beurden bluntly made it clear that Shell’s priority is what is in the economic interests of Shell shareholders, not geopolitical concerns. That explains why he happily bowed to Putin on Good Friday after the Putin annexation of Crimea.

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