Some Interesting Updates to Russia’s Gas Games

by Joshua Foust on 1/11/2007 · 1 comment

In a bulleted list, because I don’t feel like writing paragraphs.

  • The No Duh Award goes to Christopher Weafer, chief strategist of Russia’s Alpha Bank. “According to Weafer, Belarus may even have deliberately sparked the shutdown by siphoning off oil in the hope that Europe would intervene.” Oh, Sherlock Holmes. In Weafer’s defense, I think it’s just sloppy writing by RFE/RL. Regardless, it’s a dumb move by Lukaschenko, since the rest of Europe doesn’t like him at all.
  • It is now a waiting game between Belarus and Russia: which will fold first? Interestingly, Der Spiegel calls oil “Russia’s Only Friend.” That must be why they’re looking to circumvent Belarus. We’ll see how the initial “compromise” pans out.
  • Finally, a possible realignment over RUssia’s gas games: Armenia wants to buy oil from the new Azeri pipeline, and Georgia starts directly importing gas from Baku.

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Andy January 12, 2007 at 8:07 am

The realignment seems interesting – frankly, it’s a wonder the Southern FSU states didn’t start planning such a move sooner.

There’s plenty of oil and gas around the region that they can share, without ever having to deal with Russia.

And – presto! – Russia has no energy leverage over its southern neighbours.

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