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Articles: Russia (12)
One doesn't hear much discussion of these foreign policy issues in Russia. What one hears discussed instead is how best to handle the acute budgetary shortfall that the Russian state is facing.
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The possibility of a new Cold War between Russia and the United States and its NATO allies brings with it the spectre of nuclear war.
Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the last six months as Russia turns its attention eastward in reaction to sanctions and souring relations with Europe, currently Russia's largest energy export market. But the move has implications beyond Europe.
There is a case regarding market efficiency for overturning America's oil export ban, but this is NOT the one the industry is using in its public relations campaign. That's because increased efficiency in the world oil market would actually make the country's oil supply more vulnerable to events …
As a former correspondent in Kiev, Moscow and Georgia I find the attempt to link the Ukraine conflict with pipelines and natural resources is highly debatable.
There is no U.S. oil and gas export "weapon" to aim at Russia to counter its moves in the Ukraine. The U.S. isn't even supplying its own needs. But you wouldn't know that from media reports and editorials in the last week.
Waltzing with the Russian bear has never been a feat Europe was able to handle. With the fall of the Yanukovych regime already accomplished, the EU is now on a collision course with Moscow, which has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in an effort to strong-arm the new administration …
Ukraine is shaping up to be a lot like Yugoslavia, except with more than twice as many people, lots of crazed street fighters who think they now own the place, and a role critical to European energy security. If you aren't in shock about this, then you haven't been paying attention.