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Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Finally Signed

After around-the-clock negotiations, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union late today (Oct. 30) signed an agreement that will enable Russia to resume shipping gas to Ukraine. According to a Reuters story: Price Agreement. Ukraine will pay $378 per 1,000 cubic meters to the end of 2014 and $365 in the first quarter of 2015. Past […]

Categories: E.U., Europe, Russia, Ukraine

Proposed EU Sanctions: What’s In? What’s Out?

On July 25, the EU Coreper (the committee of permanent member state representatives, aka “ambassadors”) met and discussed new Russian sanctions. Documents drawn up prior to the meeting were leaked to the press, and initial news reports indicated that the proposed sanctions could slow down Gazprom’s South Stream gas pipeline to Europe and Novatek’s Arctic […]

Categories: Europe, Russia

NATO Head Calls for Enhanced Energy Security

The outgoing Secretary General of the NATO alliance, former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, addressed an overflow crowd at the Atlantic Council on Monday (July 7) to provide his observations about the many challenges facing NATO. Rasmussen, who will end his five-year term as “SecGen” following the NATO summit that takes place in Wales […]

Categories: Atlantic Council, E.U., Energy Security, Europe, N.A.T.O., Russia, T.T.I.P., U.S., Ukraine

Gazprom Halts Gas Shipments to Ukraine

Russia’s OAO Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz have been mud wrestling for months over gas pricing and debt issues. This fight between state-controlled companies has been widely publicized and we won’t regurgitate the details here. The dispute reached a new low today, however, with Gazprom announcing that it had reduced the flow of natural gas into […]

Categories: Energy Security, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Russia, Ukraine

Russian Gas Book Discussed at Brookings

The Brookings Institution hosted an event to discuss a new book from the Oxford (U. K.) Institute for Energy Studies (OIES) entitled: The Russian Gas Matrix: How Markets Are Driving Change. Edited by James Henderson and Simon Pirani, the book is available for £50 through the Oxford website: Click Here. Henderson was joined on the podium […]

Categories: Asia, Brookings, Europe, Fuel Diversity, Russia

Lithuania Uses LNG “Leverage”

Lithuanian utility Lietuvos Dujos said that it has won “cheaper gas” from Gazprom until the end of 2015. “Lietuvos Dujos has entered into an agreement with Gazprom that involves a significant reduction in the price of natural gas,” the company said in a statement to the stock exchange in Vilnius. The announcement on prices came […]

Categories: Energy Security, Fuel Diversity, Lithuania, Russia

A Week of Great Contrasts

The death and destruction in and around Independence Square in the magnificent city of Kiev earlier this week served as a stark reminder that geopolitical maneuvering affects not just sovereign nations, but individuals and families as well. With a son living in Sevastopol, I watched the tragic events in Ukraine with tremendous sadness and breath-holding […]

Categories: Baltic Nations, Energy Security, Estonia, Fuel Diversity, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine

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