President Vladimir Putin and Gazprom's management committee chairman Alexei Miller (photo: dpa)

Russia seeks new strategies in the rapidly changing European gas market

This is the sixth part of our series on the choice of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) by the Shah Deniz Consortium over its rival, Nabucco-West, and the implications for the EU’s Southern Gas Corridor and European energy supply security. It analyses Russia’s strategic interests and strategies on the rapidly changing European gas market and its growing geopolitical competition with the EU in central and southeastern Europe.

<i>Russia’s energy sector is, for the Kremlin, a commercial asset and the most important pillar of its domestic economic stability and foreign policy leverage. But the much needed flexibility for using energy prices and pipeline diplomacy as a foreign policy...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
While the Kremlin will try to overview, mediate and coordinate the three companies’ gas exports, this will inevitably lead to more competition within the triangle
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