Category Archives: Russia

Mar 26 2015

South East Europe has the ingredients to become the energy generation and storage powerhouse of Europe

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South East European countries are now faced with the prospect of rethinking their energy strategy. Options ahead are many but cooperation is essential, argues Julian Popov. “All ingredients for turning the South East Europe into a clean energy generation and … Continue reading

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Mar 21 2015

Russian foreign policy: what are we missing?

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Russia’s actions in Ukraine should better be ascribed to a quest for domestic legitimacy than an over-arching plan of antagonising the West. But if cornered, Putin could represent a threat to the Baltics, the Balkans and further. LSEE’s Tena Prelec speaks … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2015

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

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The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe – are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region. Dimitar Bechev summarises the Russia in the Balkans conference organised by … Continue reading

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Dec 4 2014

Putin and Erdogan: Partnership of convenience?

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Though Putin’s visit will be remembered for the South Stream announcement, what is most remarkable about it is the continued development of Russian-Turkish relations amid mounting tensions between Putin and the West, writes LSEE’s Dimitar Bechev in a post that … Continue reading

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Sep 16 2014

Gazprom’s gas deal in Republika Srpska provides South Stream stop-gap

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Gazprom’s announcement of a deal to supply the Republika Srpska with gas imports from mid-2015 should be seen within the context of Russian moves to push forward the South Stream gas pipeline, currently under review by the European Commission and … Continue reading

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Aug 8 2014

South Stream epitomises Russia’s divisive energy politics in Europe

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The South Stream gas pipeline is counter-effective when it comes to diversification of gas sources and, on top of that, it is absurdly expensive. But the economics do not matter here: Russia will pursue the project purely out of political reasons, … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2014

Power politics on the outskirts of the EU: why Transnistria matters

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In September this year, Transnistria, the separatist region located in the Eastern part of Moldova, is set to celebrate the 24th anniversary of its de-facto independence. And yet there is little scope for celebrations – as only the contested states … Continue reading

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