Is Europe‘s energy independence from Russia possible?

By Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences

Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine made Europe consider seriously its energy independence. Most of all Europe is afraid of Moscow‘s unpredictability. Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has been freely treating international agreements and commitments (e.g. the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994). Therefore nobody can guarantee that in the context of sanctions to Russia Gazprom will not stop supplying gas to Europe.

The Sino-Russian gas deal

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By Gal Luft

Vladimir Putin got exactly what he wished for in his visit to Shanghai last week: a marriage agreement between his country, the world’s largest energy exporter, and China, the world’s largest energy importer, in the form of a pipeline that would run $400 billion worth of Russian gas from Siberia to northeastern China over 30 years.

Opinion: Lithuania is for NATO or is NATO only for Lithuania?

By Ramūnas Bogdanas

In other words, the question in the title is about the fact as to whether we only require that our security team supervise the peace of our home or we are resolved to assist others, where the security team decides it necessary? Are we with the team or is the team for us? Up to now, our resolution to act together is proved by our soldiers’ participation in international missions – only they save the state from complete shame, which says we are in a danger zone, but which has been begrudging the costs of increasing our own security for entire decades on end. If you want to get, you must know how to give.

Russian Oil to Feature in Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline—Circumventing Possible Sanctions?

By John C. K. Daly

In a surprising turnaround of previous policy, Russia’s Lukoil announced on May 16 that its oil will soon be delivered to Europe via the 1,093-mile-long, 1.2 million-barrel-per-day Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline. The BTC pipeline transports oil from Azerbaijan’s offshore Caspian Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli oil field, via Baku’s Sangachal Terminal, across Georgia, to Turkey’s deep-water Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. A Lukoil representative said that the first tanker carrying oil from the company’s Yuri Korchagin offshore Caspian field had already been dispatched across the Caspian to Baku, where its oil will be entered into the BTC pipeline for delivery to Europe (Vestnik Kavkaza, May 16).

Transatlantic energy security and the Ukraine-crisis: A blessing in disguise?

In the wake of the Ukraine-crisis, Europe may face yet another cut-off of gas supplies from Russia. Gazprom still meets more than half of Ukraine’s gas demand and supplies close to a third of Europe’s imports, roughly half of which, 82 billion cubic meters (bcm), went through Ukraine in 2013. In March, Gazprom drastically increased prices for Ukraine and threatened to shut down supplies in case of non-payment in a letter addressed to 18 European leaders, while Ukraine is facing a serious liquidity crisis that cripples its ability to pay its gas bills.

President Gül Hosts Dinner in Honor of Leaders on the Occasion of the 4th Turkic Council Summit

Prior to the 4th Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), President Abdullah Gül met with Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov; Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in the county of Bodrum. He later hosted dinner in honor of his guests.