Energy in Russia’s Foreign Policy and EU-Russia Relations

Tsvetko Karkalanov

A Bulgarian citizen permanently residing in Moscow, Tsvetko Karkalanov is a current student of MGIMO’s Politics and Economics in Eurasia Master program. He is a former graduate of the American University in Bulgaria with a degree in Business Administration. He has also studied economics, international finance and international trade. His field of interest is focused on EU-Russian energy relations and field of research deals with the emergence, evolution and explanatory potential of the gas interdependence model. He further explores the role of energy as a strategic component of Russia’s foreign policy in Europe, the Middle East and East-Asia. The blog deals with the role of energy in Russia’s foreign policy as well as a wide range of aspects in EU-Russia energy and political relations. Its purpose is to give an in-depth and unique perspective of the role of energy in Eurasian geopolitics.

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July 4, 2016

The accession of 10+2 new countries to the EU, most of which were either former Soviet republics or Soviet satellites, has undermined the influence of Russia over its shared neighborhood with the EU and has further complicated the energy relations…

June 6, 2016

Many analysts and politicians consider the current political crisis between Russia and the European Union as part of a long-term negative trend that will lead to a further decrease in cooperation between the two parties. In reality, the current crisis…

May 27, 2016

The quality of the commercial cooperation between Russian and Western European companies in the energy sector has remained significant, despite the sanctions regime. Strong economic rationale seems to prevail over politics. The German-Russian…

May 16, 2016

The Yamal LNG project has recently demonstrated that Russia’s eastward pivot may in fact provide a solution to the financial constrains, imposed as a result of the Ukraine-related Western sanctions against Russian companies and individuals…

May 4, 2016

There goes a saying: A chain is as strong as its weakest link. This may very well be the case with the EU vis-à-vis its member state dependency on Russian natural gas. While analyzing the European gas market, too much attention has been…

April 29, 2016

Much has been written about Europe’s falling dependency on natural gas and how detrimental this seemed to be for Russia, being the biggest supplier of natural gas to the old continent. Falling demand, falling prices and eventually falling…

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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
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     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
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