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The Potential Impact of New US Sanctions Law on Pipeline Projects Connecting Europe and Eurasia


While expressing some “concerns,” United States President Donald Trump signed the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” on August 2 (Whitehouse.gov, August 2)—legislation that was overwhelmingly approved by the US House of Representatives late last month. Continue reading

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Russian-EU Energy Relations: from Cooperation toward Contradictions


flag-eu-russiaFollowing World War II, it was necessary to take new economic steps in order to overcome political problems among European countries. Establishment of the European Steel and Coal Community, the European Atomic Energy Community and the European Economic Community formed the/an/new European energy policy. Continue reading

The New Trends in Russian Energy Policy following Third Presidency of Putin


The current Russian energy policy kept in memories only with its failures. Why? Every day I read dozen of news, articles, and columns about Russian energy policy. Almost in every piece I face with misleading information about Russian energy policy. Media is very strong ideological war tool and can manipulate mid-level community very easily with its baseless speculations. In my humble opinion, some news portal deliberately tries to blacken the energy image of Russia gained since Putin’s first presidency terms. However, Putin’s third presidency terms might be characterized with Russia’s successful steps toward “energy super-power” status. Continue reading

Western Clouds are Looming on Gazprom’s Horizon: Does History Work against Russia?


On 4 September, the European Commission (EC) said it started a formal investigation into Russian gas monopoly Gazprom. The EC said that it is investigating three suspected anti-competitive practices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Antoine Colombani, spokesman for EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, listed the EC’s concerns as followings that Gazprom (Reuters): Continue reading

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