Russia at Home and Abroad: Explaining Russia’s Bargain with Ukraine
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Russia at Home and Abroad: Explaining Russia’s Bargain with Ukraine

Following yesterday’s article which described Russia as ‘a giant with feet of clay’ in its efforts to promote integration in the CIS, Paul Hansbury responds with some reflections on Russia’s deal with Ukraine. Yesterday Vladimir Sarkisyants argued that Russia’s trade deal with Ukraine is an example of the former’s vulnerability.  I agree with this argument.  … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 26 August 2013 Belarus arrested the Russian Chief Executive of Ukrali, a potash producer. Vladislav Baumgertner was traveling to meet Belarus’ Prime Minister when detained. A video of him being searched later appeared on state television, suggesting that the arrest was revenge for the affront caused when Russia withdrew from a cartel … Continue reading

Russia didn’t kill Nabucco – it just wouldn’t work
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Russia didn’t kill Nabucco – it just wouldn’t work

In a reply to yesterday’s post on Nabucco’s woes, Andrew Ryan argues that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline deal was economically-driven. I think a few things are clear from the previous article, most notably that the decision to opt for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline was entirely economic. It was driven by market opportunities, scalability, management operability, funding, project … Continue reading

Is Nabucco dead?
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Is Nabucco dead?

Notwithstanding Jose Manuel Barroso’s reverential trips to Baku, Nabucco seems unlikely to happen for the foreseeable future. The prospect of gas imports through Iraq or Iran is more feasible, but it still needs proven reliability and political backing to be viable, writes Paolo Sorbello. Without any Trans-Caspian gas, a pipeline system with too much capacity … Continue reading