Russian Energy and Foreign Policy Timeline

Feb 09 2016

Amid Low Oil Prices, OPEC's Divisions Deepen

In the absence of a coordinated response, market forces will continue to be the biggest influence on oil prices — boding ill for oil producers around the globe.
Jan 29 2016

Russia, Turkey: Gazprom Cancels Price Discounts For Turkish Companies

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom has cancelled a 10.25 percent discount on natural gas for at least six private Turkish companies, Anadolu, Daily Sabah and Reuters reported Jan. 29.
Jan 14 2016

Russia's Prospects for a Pipeline to Europe Look Bleak

The Kremlin wants a route that bypasses Ukraine, but political and regulatory hurdles in Europe — as well as Gazprom's own financial constraints — will stand in the way.
Jan 12 2016

Poland: The Vanguard of Central and Eastern Europe

Poland wants to lead the region, but it will find its neighbors' competing interests difficult to align.
Dec 17 2015

Turkey: Russia Preparing New Sanctions

Russia is preparing new economic sanctions on Turkey in retaliation for Turkey’s November downing of a Russian bomber, a Kremlin spokeswoman said Dec. 17, Prime reported.
Dec 17 2015

Russia: Economy Worse Than Expected, But Crisis Waning, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Dec. 17 that the Russian economy is in worse shape than he thought, the Telegraph reported.
Dec 15 2015

Turkmenistan Spearheads a New Pipeline Project

The country has long needed new infrastructure to help diversify its natural gas exports.
Dec 15 2015

Russia's Natural Gas Giant Falters

Gazprom may not be able to afford to maintain its monopoly on Russian natural gas exports.
Dec 14 2015

Turkey, Russia: Erdogan Reaches Out To Moscow

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Dec. 14 that Ankara and Moscow should continue to develop strategic ties and that the “mistake of a pilot” should not hurt bilateral relations, Hurriyet and Tass reported.
Dec 08 2015

Crimea, Where Friendly Gestures Are Not What They Seem

The resumption of electricity is actually a sign of poorer relations between Ukraine and the Russian-occupied peninsula.
Dec 08 2015

Turkey's Time Has Come

The stage is set for Ankara to become the regional power it has always aspired to be.

Since 2003, the Kremlin has aggressively reconsolidated state control over its energy sector and demonstrated an increased willingness to use energy as a tool to influence countries that depend on its resources. Many of those countries have attempted to diversify from Russian energy dependence, but Moscow continues to hold considerable influence.

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