Supporters of Ilham Aliyev after his October 2013 election success (photo:dpa)

The competing interests of Azerbaijan and Russia and the implications for regional development

Azerbaijan is using its pivotal location and its energy wealth to maintain a stance of independence while pursuing its own regional objectives and minimising foreign intervention in its domestic policies. A central pillar of the country’s policy has been to limit Moscow’s ability to influence its vital gas and oil export routes. This stance is one of many that reflects the complex and often tense relationship between Moscow and Baku.

<i>This report continues the analysis of regional developments in the South Caucasus against the backdrop of Russian interests in the region. Protracted conflict over the breakaway republic Nagorno-Karabakh is an important factor determining the for...

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 Eka Tkeshelashvili
Rosneft is looking to take a stake in Azerbaijan’s Absheron gasfield in the Caspian Sea - one of the country’s largest undeveloped gasfields. This could have significant implications - particularly for Azerbaijan, but also for the gas balance of power between Russian energy rivals Rosneft and Gazprom
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