Russia is using its controversial South Stream pipeline project to divide opinion among countries in the European Union about imposing tougher sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Some countries are taking a narrow view of their trade with Russia rather than a wider geopolitical context. This flies in the face of the EU’s own energy security policies.

<i>Russia’s highly controversial South Stream pipeline encapsulates the geopolitical conflict between the European Union and Russia. The Ukraine crisis and the pipeline project have polarised opinion in the EU with some countries flying in the face of the EU’s declared energy policy objectives. These aimed to diversify Europe’s gas...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
Circumventing Ukraine will lead to significantly less Russian gas going through Ukraine and Moscow will be able to maximise its political pressure on future Ukrainian governments as long as Kiev remains dependent on Russian gas supplies. This will make Kiev much weaker in future gas negotiations with Russia
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