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The United States levied harsh…

Geopolitics / Europe

Crucial Oil Infrastructure At Risk In New Caucasus Conflict

Oct 13, 2020 at 13:46 | Rystad Energy

Nagorno-Karabakh’s close proximity to key Azeri oil and gas infrastructure means that there will be more at stake if the region’s conflict with Armenia escalates further and jeopardizes key export…

Belarus Crisis Highlights Europe’s Energy Problem

Sep 24, 2020 at 10:39 | Vanand Meliksetian

The ongoing demonstrations in Belarus and the looming instability are a threat to both Russia and the EU. Moscow prefers the continuation of Lukashenko's regime due to political reasons. Europe,…

Conflict Between Armenia And Azerbaijan Threatens Europe’s Energy Security

Sep 07, 2020 at 12:56 | James Durso

On 12 July 2020, Armenia’s military shelled the village of Aghdam in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district in the northwest of the country. The forces of Azerbaijan responded, attacking Armenian military structures,…

Turkey Doubles Down On Drilling In Heavily Contested East-Mediterranean

Aug 11, 2020 at 12:10 | Vanand Meliksetian

When Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power at the beginning of the century, the principle that got hold of the country’s foreign policy was called ‘zero…

Turkey’s Latest Power Grab Has Europe On Edge

Jan 31, 2020 at 17:02 | Yale Global

Conflicts in the Middle East attract an entanglement of interventions, any of which could turn the region into a powder keg, and Turkish intervention in Libyan civil conflict adds a…

Turkey’s Unauthorized Gas Drilling Could Have Serious Consequences

Jan 22, 2020 at 12:23 | ZeroHedge

The European Union is eyeing long promised punitive measures against Turkey for its illegal military incursion into northern Syria, as well as its unauthorized natural gas drilling off Cyprus' coast. …

Russia’s Government Resigns As Putin Plans Constitutional Changes

Jan 15, 2020 at 12:32 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s government, including Energy Minister Alexander Novak, resigned on Wednesday in an unexpected move after President Vladimir Putin said that he would be looking to make amendments to the…

Turkey And Europe On Collision Course Over Energy Agenda

Nov 19, 2019 at 12:27 | Vanand Meliksetian

Turkey’s location has always given it a key geostrategic advantage. Its proximity to the Middle East and the Caspian as well as its position on the Black Sea make it…

Superpowers Are Vying For Power In This New Oil & Gas Frontier

Aug 29, 2019 at 13:21 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Eastern Mediterranean has become a hotbed for tensions between regional and great powers due to the discovery of major energy deposits. The littoral states could potentially earn billions in…

Iran Offers EU Two Options To Keep Nuclear Deal In Place

Aug 29, 2019 at 12:35 | Irina Slav

Iran has offered the European Union two options to keep the nuclear deal alive as the EU keeps failing to find a way to support the Iranian economy amid U.S.…

EU Slaps Sanctions On Turkey For Illegal Offshore Drilling

Jul 15, 2019 at 16:37 | ZeroHedge

A surprisingly muscular response beyond mere threatening rhetoric out of the European Union over Turkey's violations of Cypriot territorial waters related to offshore drilling operations: the EU has agreed to bring…

Russia's Latest Geopolitical Power Grab Is Going Unnoticed

Oct 29, 2018 at 14:30 | Damir Kaletovic

Taking a page from the Chinese book of soft power, Mother Russia is moving in on Serbia with the end goal of state capture—and one of its key weapons in…

What Would A Hard Brexit Mean For British Oil?

Aug 10, 2018 at 16:40 | Haley Zaremba

It’s been more than a year after the groundbreaking Brexit vote, in which the British public decided to leave the European Union in a controversial upset. Despite 14 months of…

Russia And U.S. Meet To Discuss Sanctions, Energy

Jun 27, 2018 at 13:41 | RFE/RL staff

Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has met with his U.S. counterpart Rick Perry and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss energy issues and U.S. sanctions on Russia. "We met.…

EU Could Switch To Euros In Oil Trade With Iran

May 16, 2018 at 10:45 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The European Union (EU) is considering switching to euros instead of U.S. dollars in the oil trade with Iran, Sputnik reported on Wednesday, quoting a diplomatic source. Europe—collectively one…

Erdogan: Cyprus Oil Drilling Is A Security Threat To East Mediterranean

May 14, 2018 at 11:04 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The Eastern Mediterranean will face a security threat should Cyprus continue its unilateral operations of offshore oil and gas exploration in the region, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an said…

Germany’s Unstoppable Renewable Revolution

Jan 17, 2018 at 15:27 | Ryan Opsal

With many regions skewed toward greater political uncertainty, sources of constancy and dependability are valued commodities…  Once the “sick man” of Europe, Germany has emerged over the past decade…

Forget OPEC, Putin Is Calling The Shots In Global Oil

Nov 28, 2017 at 17:59 | Irina Slav

Do you remember who first said anything about extending the oil production cut deal until the end of next year? It wasn’t Saudi Arabia or any other Gulf producer. It…

A Hard Brexit Could Spell Disaster For UK Oil And Gas

May 05, 2017 at 14:34 | Irina Slav

Oil & Gas UK has painted a grim picture for the British oil industry of what is popularly called a “Hard Brexit”, with the cost of trade in oil and…

What Is Putin Planning For Ukraine?

Mar 29, 2017 at 12:05 | Eurasianet

Western media may not be paying much attention to Ukraine now, but this does not mean that the conflict there has been frozen, much less settled. The ceasefire concluded in…

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