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Georgia not in talks to buy Iranian gas

Georgia is not in talks on the purchase of Iranian gas for now because of high prices, Deputy Prime Minister and Georgian Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze told . READ MORE

Southern Gas Corridor remains priority for EU

The Southern Gas Corridor project remains a priority for the European Union, a European Commission energy spokeswoman told . READ MORE

LNG is Iran’s easiest way into European gas market

Iran’s quickest and easiest way to break into the European gas market will be through the liquefied natural gas (LNG), Christopher Haines, senior oil and gas analyst at BMI Research, a part of the Fitch Group. READ MORE

Time for unity, interaction following elections: Rafsanjani

Chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has commended the massive turnout in the country’s vital double elections, calling for further unity and interaction following the Friday votes. READ MORE

Security of the Astravyets nuclear power plant – concern for the whole EU

Monday, February 22, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the EU’s energy union. The meeting placed special emphasis on issues concerning the security of the Astravyets nuclear power plant being built in Lithuania’s and the EU’s neighborhood and the synchronization of Baltic electricity grids with continental Europe. READ MORE

No global economic crisis, France claims

France said there was “no crisis” in the world economy as a meeting of G20 officials kicked off Friday, despite warnings from the International Monetary Fund that the global recovery risked being derailed. READ MORE

Slovakia Signs Up to Strategic Eastring Gas Pipeline Project

By Lubica Schulczova

Four East European countries, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, signed a Joint Declaration during a summit of EU leaders in the Latvia’s capital, proposing the construction of either a 832-kilometer long pipeline running across Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, or its larger 1274-kilometer long version, which should reach Bulgaria, too. READ MORE

Global Ban on All Nuclear Armed Cruise Missiles Needed, Top Disarmament Expert Says

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Andy Weber, who stepped down last summer as U.S. State Department Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response, has more than 30 years under his belt of working to counter some of the most dangerous threats to mankind posed by weapons of mass destruction. Some of his most famous exploits included working at the heart of Project Sapphire, a top secret joint Kazakh-American operation in 1994 to remove almost 600 kilogrammes of highly enriched uranium, enough to produce two dozen nuclear bombs, from eastern Kazakhstan to the United States where it was down-blended and used as fuel for power stations. READ MORE

The search for new routes for Russian energy

By Daniel Rozanov

Russian power is separated from the centers of European consumption of a ring of countries that control the transport routes of Russian and Central Asian exports. Historically, the main routes of transmission of natural gas ex-USSR passed through Ukraine. In the separation of the state having a variety of political tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the temptation to substitute the very real and objective contradictions of the distribution of revenue from gas power purely subjective approach. First of all, the effects of the transition of the Crimean peninsula under Russian jurisdiction. READ MORE

RUSSIA’S ENERGY TRUMP AND TURKEY’S ALTERNATIVES

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After the downing of a Russian Su-24M bomber by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet, Turkey’s energy policies have been brought to the table once again with the most crucial issue coming to the agenda being how to balance Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia. According to 2014 statistics, Russian gas accounts for 54.7 per cent of Turkey’s overall gas imports. Additionally, considering that Turkey commissioned the Russian company Rosatom with the construction of its first nuclear energy power plant, Turkey’s energy dependency on Russia could became more complex. Currently, however, the more immediate focus centers on the increasing risks entailed by Turkey’s dependency on Russian natural gas. READ MORE

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