Andreas Goldthau

Russia’s energy weapon is a fiction

Russia’s energy weapon is a fiction. Europe’s World, February 2008


Recent accounts of the Russian leadership supporting the idea of a cartel of gas producing states, along with Moscow’s aspiration to squeeze out competition of energy suppliers to the European market has raised alarms that Russia is increasingly using its energy supplies as a foreign policy instrument. No doubt, rising energy prices have accelerated Russia’s recovery in the post-Soviet period allowing Moscow to regain some of its previously ailing political and economic clout. The re-energized Kremlin, however, appears increasingly menacing and unreliable in the eyes of its neighbors and its European counterparts. Yet, Goldthau suggests otherwise. In this article he explains why Russia cannot afford to use energy as a foreign policy instrument. Read more.

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