Current Stay of Play in EU-Russian Energy Relations
Article from: OGEL 2 (2009), in EU - Russia relations
Energy is without a doubt among the most challenging issues in relations between Brussels and Moscow. Disparate interpretations of the terms 'energy security' and 'diversification', as well as a failure to differentiate other problematic areas - such as broader geopolitical rivalry - from energy, have resulted in a vicious cycle of standoffs and reciprocal accusations that perpetuate a climate of distrust. As a basic energy supplier and hydrocarbon transit hub, Russia is turning this state of affairs to account, sometimes aggressively promoting its interests around the globe, ...