Russian Energy and Foreign Policy Timeline

Apr 29 2016

China: Russian Natural Gas Project Signs Major Loan Agreements With Chinese Banks

Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project (LNG) signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth more than $12 billion, Yamal LNG said April 29, Reuters reported.
Apr 11 2016

In Serbian Politics, Current Problems Hail From the Past

Upcoming elections will not change the regional dynamics shaping domestic policy.
Mar 09 2016

Russia's Evolving Role in the Caucasus

Moscow will remain the dominant external force in the Caucasus region, but for how long?
Mar 03 2016

In Russia, an Energy Freeze Comes With Strings Attached

An agreement between oil and gas producers opens the door for concessions that could alter the structure of Russia's energy market.
Feb 24 2016

Russia's Financial Crisis Brings Cuts to Foreign Loans

The Kremlin's financial woes are cutting into its ability to use foreign loans to buy influence.
Feb 16 2016

Tempered Expectations After an Oil Output Agreement

Despite a conditional deal to hold production at current levels, some countries have no intention of stopping the activities that are keeping oil prices low.
Feb 16 2016

OPEC: Producers Agree To Freeze Output

Senior energy officials from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela agreed Feb. 16 to freeze oil output to reduce the current supply glut, Bloomberg and Reuters reported.
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.
Overview

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.

Key Analysis

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