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Why Oil Markets Don't Have To Worry About World War 3

Jan 08, 2020 at 17:14 | Editorial Dept

In a series of moves, Trump has successfully distracted public attention from his impeachment. With some targeted strikes on Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria and the intentionally spectacular public assassination…

Russia Halts Oil Supply To Key European Transit Hub

Jan 03, 2020 at 14:18 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has halted oil supplies to Belarus amid a disagreement over tariffs, according to officials at a Belarusian oil refinery in the northern city of Navapolatsak.The officials told…

The Fear Premium Is Back In Oil

Jan 03, 2020 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Without the fear premium, oil doesn’t have much else to boost it for 2020. And right now, that fear premium has produced a sudden $3 surge in oil prices following…

The One Region Oil Markets Can’t Ignore In 2020

Dec 27, 2019 at 12:12 | Irina Slav

The year that is drawing to its close has been turbulent for the Middle East. While oil prices stubbornly refused to respond to efforts to push them higher, remaining locked…

The Biggest Threat To The Energy Sector

Dec 27, 2019 at 11:53 | Llewellyn King

In engineering there are credible and incredible failures. Nuclear power plants were designed against what was believed to be a “maximum credible accident.” Then came Fukushima, incredible. In early December,…

Russia’s Latest Energy Power Play

Dec 24, 2019 at 10:45 | Global Risk Insights

The recent exposure of a Russian intelligence operation in Serbia highlights the dual strategy that Russia pursues towards its neighbours. It also underlines the geopolitical position that Serbia finds itself in…

Gazprom’s Latest Plan To Avoid U.S. Sanctions

Dec 24, 2019 at 10:23 | ZeroHedge

Trump's signing the 2020 NDAA into law on Friday, and with it, sanctions targeting European and Russian companies laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, had the immediate impact of forcing…

U.S. Lawmakers Pass “Sanctions Bill From Hell” To Punish Russia

Dec 18, 2019 at 13:12 | RFE/RL staff

A U.S. Senate panel has passed a bill that is designed to punish Russia for its alleged interference in democratic processes abroad as well as "malign" actions in Syria and…

Nord Stream 2 Is “Past The Point Of No Return”

Dec 13, 2019 at 16:17 | ZeroHedge

Included in Wednesday's just passed mammoth 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) — which increases the Pentagon budget by $22 billion (to a whopping $738 billion) — were long-threatened sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2…

Why OPEC Should Worry About Russia’s Latest Oilfield

Nov 27, 2019 at 11:54 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Russia’s largest oil company, Rosneft, has started domestic crude oil deliveries from one of the country’s biggest oilfields, the Russkoye field in the Arctic, just days before Russia and…

Aramco Fails To Bring Foreign Investors On Board

Nov 22, 2019 at 11:47 | Editorial Dept

Market Movers • Aramco has failed in terms of trying to bring foreign investors on board. So for now, the $26-billion Aramco IPO is very localized. That also means that…

U.S. Willing To Shoot Syrian Officials To “Protect The Oil”

Nov 11, 2019 at 11:49 | ZeroHedge

Pentagon officials asserted Thursday U.S. military authority over Syrian oil fields because U.S. forces are acting under the goal of "protecting Americans from terrorist activity" and would be within their rights…

Saudi Arabia’s Newest Tactic To Hush Dissidents

Nov 08, 2019 at 17:19 | Michael Kern

In 2017, Saud al-Qahtani--advisor to the Saudi Crown Prince--was rather active on social media. In one Twitter post, he stated: “Does a pseudonym protect you from #the_black_list? No 1)…

The Next Stage Of Trump’s Plan To “Secure The Oil” In Syria

Nov 06, 2019 at 10:54 | ZeroHedge

Turkey's state-run media is reporting the United States is planning two new military bases in Syria's oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province, which are currently under construction, after US special forces convoys were seen patrolling…

Why Europe Won’t Give Up Russian Gas

Nov 05, 2019 at 16:09 | ZeroHedge

Amidst the excitement over the killing of the ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, a development of much impact on international security passed by when Denmark made the innocuous announcement on…

Russia Releases Damning Evidence Of The U.S. Smuggling Syrian Oil

Oct 29, 2019 at 12:32 | ZeroHedge

MOSCOW, October 26, 2019 – RIA Novosti – The Russian Ministry of Defense has published satellite intelligence images, showing American oil smuggling from Syria.

Protect The Oil: Trump’s Top Priority In The Middle East

Oct 29, 2019 at 11:20 | Irina Slav

Saudi Arabia and the United States will work together to protect the world’s oil supply from threats, the energy ministers of the two countries said after a meeting in Riyadh.…

Is China Caving To U.S. Oil Sanctions?

Oct 25, 2019 at 16:59 | Tsvetana Paraskova

China’s imports of crude oil from Venezuela dipped to a nearly nine-year low in September as major state-held Chinese companies back out of Venezuelan purchases, looking to avoid fallout from…

The End Of Syria’s “Pipeline War”

Oct 25, 2019 at 13:48 | ZeroHedge

Russia-Turkey deal establishes ‘safe zone’ along Turkish border and there will be joint Russia-Turkey military patrols. The negotiations in Sochi were long – over six hours – tense and tough.…

Why Russia Won’t Abandon OPEC+ Just Yet

Oct 24, 2019 at 10:49 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russian President Vladimir Putin pried loose a couple of energy investment deals from Saudi Arabia on his latest visit to the region, on October 14 and 15 (

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