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Sincethe energy lever has been used for putting political or economic pressure on Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia that subsequently affected most of Europe. The number of incidents, i. Incidents appear to be equally divided between the Yeltsin and Putin eras, but the number of cut-offs has decreased by half during Putin.
There are economic underpinnings in the majority of the cases and Russian demands for payments of debts are legitimate. However, there are also political underpinnings in more than half of the incidents, and in a few cases explicit political demands are evident.
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Azerbaijan refused to pay this price and the gas supply to Azerbaijan stopped. On its side, Azerbaijan stopped oil exports to and via Russia. Russia-Belarus energy dispute The Russia-Belarus energy dispute began when Russian state-owned gas supplier Gazprom demanded an increase in gas prices paid by Belaruswhich has been closely allied with Moscow and forms a loose union state with Russia. It escalated on 8 Januarywhen the Russian state-owned pipeline company Transneft stopped pumping oil into the Druzhba pipeline which runs through Belarus.
Although officially the linkage between reduction of oil supplies and the radar agreement was not claimed, it was suspected. Georgian-Russian relations In the January alleged North Ossetia sabotagetwo simultaneous explosions occurred on the main branch and a reserve branch of the Mozdok-Tbilisi pipeline in the Russian border region of North Ossetia. The electricity transmission line in Russia's southern region of Karachayevo-Cherkessiya near the Georgian border was brought down by an explosion just hours later.
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Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili blamed Russia for putting pressure on Georgia's energy system at the time of the coldest weather. The work on the pipeline started just before South Ossetia's 12 November referendum on separating from Georgia. The August military conflict between Georgia and Russia over the autonomous region of South Ossetia, which has been de facto independent from Georgia since the early s, is likely to shift the balance of power between the main players involved in the formation of the future of the Caspian and Central Asian energy sector, including: The volatility of these transit routes is likely to shape investment decisions of international oil companies involved in the development of Central Asian and Caspian hydrocarbons and their transportation to global markets.
Although, the pipelines were only temporarily shut down for security reasons and were not targeted or damaged in the conflict, their future expansion and the construction of related new pipeline projects, such as the Kazakh-Caspian Transportation System, the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline and Nabucco are now uncertain.
In this situation, Central Asian and Caspian producers may opt for traditional exports via Russia providing Moscow successfully expands the capacity of its oil and gas export routes and the new export pipelines to China. Transneft said it would need one year and nine months to repair the damaged section. Poland[ edit ] There has been rapprochement with Tusk's government in Warsaw, after two years of tensions with the conservative government of Kaczynski.
The cooperation on the Yamal-Europe pipeline has continued without serious problems. Nevertheless, some disagreements concerning control of the Yamal-Europe pipeline and transit pricing remain. Despite attempts to relieve tensions, consecutive Polish governments strongly oppose the Nord Stream project bypassing Poland and favour further development of overland alternatives.
Russia-Ukraine gas disputes At the beginning of Russia greatly increased the price of gas for Ukraine to bring it in line with market values. The dispute between Russian state-owned gas supplier Gazprom and Ukraine over natural gas prices started in March over the price of natural gas and prices for the transition of Gazprom's gas to Europe. The two parties were unable to reach an agreement to resolve the dispute, and Russia cut gas exports to Ukraine on 1 January at The supply was restored on 4 January, when a preliminary agreement between two gas companies was settled.
Other disputes arose in October and in Januarythis dispute again resulted in 18 European countries reporting major falls or cut-offs of their gas supplies from Russia transported through Ukraine.
Gas supplies restarted on 20 January and were fully restored on 21 January At the working level the Energy Dialogue consists three thematic working groups. Energy Charter Treaty Russia signed the Energy Charter Treaty inbut flatly refused to ratify its current revision.
Russia's main objections to the ratification revolve around the proviso about the third party access to the pipelines and transit fees. Russia and the European Union have also failed to finalize the negotiations on the Energy Charter Protocol on Transit.
The main issue remain open is how, and to what extent, the Protocol will include mechanisms for establishment long term transit arrangements. Amid the meeting near St. Petersburg on 9 Augustthey reached an agreement on lifting the sanctions gradually imposed by Russia after it downed a Russian fighter jet in last November.
The two also agreed to prompt-start huge energy projects, including a gas pipeline and a nuclear power plant. It is needed to mention that the negotiations between Russia and Turkey on Turkish Stream also was suspended after the jet incident and St. Petersburg meeting paved a way to renegotiate on the energy project.
During the joint press conference following the meeting, Vladimir Putin in his answer concerning the future relations mentioned: The Petersburg meeting opened a new door towardsRussian-Turkish relations both in economic and energy field. Major steps were taken concerning the reigniting tourism cooperation and two major energy projects which are important for the development of both countries.
Key factors among the plans is a Turkish Stream pipeline connecting the two countries and a nuclear power plant that Russia has to build in Turkey that is priced at 18 billion euro altogether. The Peterburg meeting became the initial step toward the future Russian-Turkish relations not only in the economic but also in the energy sector. As a result of this significant meeting, they reached a deal on medium-term agreement from the period of to At the same time, taking the requests of Turkish and Russian traders and businessmen, Turkey and Russia will do the exchange of Russian ruble and Turkish lira in their trade relations and will be able to use easily rubles and lira in the next phase of their economic cooperation.
Within the course of the meeting, they also agreed on several significant issues by signing the agreement composed of 12 key articles.
The energy issue is the most significant part of the rapprochement between them. The main goals of 12 Articles are classified below. The revival of Senior Joint Cooperation Council 7. Acceleration of Akkuyu nuclear energy project.
Commencement of Charter Flights 8. Removal of prohibitions that restrict bilateral trade, including agricultural products 9.
Enhancement of cooperation in the defense industry 4. Thelifting of the ban on Turkish entrepreneurs Installment of Turkey-Russia-Azerbaijan tripartite summit mechanism 5. Taking steps in common in order to achieve fully regeneration of visa-free regime A line of friendship and trust between Ankara and Moscow 6.
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Giving Akkuyu strategic investment status. Acceleration of Turkish Stream project Upon the Petersburg rapprochement, the next significant meeting took place in Istanbul during the 23rd World Energy Congress between 9 and 14 October The Russian and Turkish leaders have voiced support for the construction of Turkish Stream pipeline which was suspended in the course of the tensions between the two countries.
The Moscow meeting was largely hailed as a big success both in the Russian and Turkish Governments. According to the Moscow meeting, Turkey will set up an infrastructure to allow Russian National Payment system to be available in Turkey.
The two leaders also agreed on the affordable gas prices in the first initiative of the pipeline project and Russia promised to reduce natural gas prices at the next delivery of gas supplies via the Turkish Stream. This delivery will not be direct, but via Turkey as an energy transit country, natural gas will be shipped to Europe.
During the World Energy Congress, Putin in his speech highlighted that Russia has been providing energy for the EU for the past 50 years and again would supply via new gas projects including Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipeline projects in a more secure and a convenient way.
In general, what does really Turkish Stream promise both Russia and Turkey for the coming years? What will be the consequences and future perspectives of Turkish Stream for these two countries? In order to answer these questions, first and foremost, it is necessarily needed to analyze the energy relations after the Istanbul Agreement took place on 10 October First of all, according to the IGA between Russia and Turkey, the construction of two lines of Turkish Stream accounting for 15,75 Bcm each from Russia across the Black Sea has to be started by the end of and be completed up to The first line is expected to supply gas to Turkey, while the other would connect the transit routes between Turkey and the EU to provide the EU with natural gas.
Both lines will have to be completed by December Pursuant to the agreement, Turkey will provide special tax exemptions for the marine section of pipeline including the import of vehicles, equipment, and other necessary materials are released from the payment duties in Russia and Turkey.
The Turkish side also removed the tax revenues on gas transportation. According to the Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Gazprom will construct and possess the offshore section of the pipeline.
Turkey will build and own the first line of the land section for the delivery of gas to its territory. As Russia mentioned before, Turkey has come to an agreement on the second line of the pipeline in exchange for a discount for gas prices promised by Russia. At the first phase of Turkish Stream project, Russia will finance the two strings of the pipeline. If Gazprom goes forward with the construction of the third and fourth lines of the project, beyond the Turkey-Greece border, the company will face the same regulatory obstacles as well as financial obstacles.
Gazprom has already fulfilled the environmental impact assessment for the offshore and landline sections of Turkish Stream pipeline. In terms of challenges and perspectives of Turkish Stream, it can be said that the project will encounter several challenges due to falling oil prices, the economic sanctions imposed by the West, which have an impact on Russian companies and banks, financial constraints, and also the cost of the project.
Those obstacles make it difficult to find financing for the gas pipeline. It shows itself in the example of South Stream project, in which Russia faced both financial constraints and at the same time, misperceptions with the EU and Bulgarian government caused the suspension of the project. Regardless all these challenges mentioned above, Russia somehow will finance and complete the Turkish Stream pipeline because it wants to diversify its transit route bypassing Ukraine.
For the future perspective, it seems that Russia is not inclined to politicize the Turkish Stream pipeline in the face of its economic and energy counterpart, Turkey.
The Ukraine crisis re-emphasized the role of Turkey as an energy interconnector not only for the EU but also for. Russia well understands that via Turkish territory, it will be able to carry gas supplies to Europe and sees Turkish Stream as a potentially successful project in this way.
For the EU, the diversification of energy sources is one of the key priorities and it seeks for newly secure supply countries and considers Turkey as a potential energy hub and a transit country in order to attain the natural gas resources via secure pipelines namely TANAP, TAP constituting for the backbone of Southern Gas Corridor SGC. Regarding the Turkish Stream pipeline, there are also possibly positive approaches and perspectives which mainly depend on the future relations between the EU and Russia and the EU and Turkey.
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In fact, the relations between them have been soured for the current time. For the future perspective, the Turkish natural gas appetite will increase significantly, and it will need to provide its natural gas demands in an effective way. In terms of energy relations, Turkish Stream is a good deal between Moscow and Ankara.
However, Turkey also has to take a new energy policy to use its effective and generous geothermal energy resources at a domestic level. Before everything else, Turkey has to regulate its natural gas markets and adopt the energy saving program based on energy efficiency rather than supplying its increasing gas demands in the near future.
Inits growing gas needs are expected to increase up to The steadily growing natural gas consumption of Turkey between from to according to March Okan Yardimci, Energy specialist in Turkey.