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Geopolitics

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…

US Urges All Americans To Leave Iraq After Soleimani Assassination

Jan 03, 2020 at 10:02 | Julianne Geiger

The US embassy in Baghdad has urged all US citizens to leave Iraq immediately, after the US killed Iranian military general and hardliner Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander…

Iran Likely To Struggle More In 2020

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:46 | RFE/RL staff

Iran had a rough year in 2019 and the New Year is quite likely to bring just as many difficulties to the door of the Islamic republic.Iran came…

U.S. Sanctions Have Cost Iran $200 Billion

Jan 02, 2020 at 10:42 | RFE/RL staff

President Hassan Rohani made the comments while launching a railway project near Tehran on December 31. "Iran would have earned $200 billion surplus income...if the country were not involved in…

Iran Wants To Start Oil & Gas Production In This Disputed Hotspot

Dec 31, 2019 at 12:52 | Simon Watkins

Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended until public outcry over these…

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…

Russia Strengthens Its Grip On Syrian Oil

Dec 20, 2019 at 16:33 | Simon Watkins

Following the various recent announcements from U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants the country to withdraw from all areas of potential conflict in the Middle East – except Saudi…

Muslim Cryptocurrency: Iran’s Latest Plan To Circumvent Sanctions

Dec 20, 2019 at 14:30 | ZeroHedge

Iran’s President has proposed to create a Muslim cryptocurrency as one of a number of means to confront the economic dominance of the United States. Speaking at an Islamic conference in Malaysia…

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…

Is The Qatar Blockade Coming To An End?

Dec 13, 2019 at 16:25 | Vanand Meliksetian

The Middle East’s massive energy reserves have made it the center of many key geopolitical events throughout history. The presidency of Donald Trump has transformed the power dynamics in the…

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…

The Decisive Battle For Libya’s Oil Has Begun

Dec 13, 2019 at 09:49 | Irina Slav

General Khalifa Haftar has announced “the decisive battle and the advance on the heart of Tripoli,” after eight months of trying to take over the seat of the UN-recognized…

Diplomat Leaks Map Confirming Turkey’s Real Territorial Claims

Dec 04, 2019 at 12:46 | ZeroHedge

A Turkish diplomat has revealed a map which delineates waters in the Mediterranean claimed by Turkey, amid an ongoing months-long standoff with Cyprus and Greece over Turkish oil and gas exploration…

Iraq: The Next Great Threat To Global Oil Markets

Dec 03, 2019 at 17:26 | Charles Kennedy

The next thing that will happen in Iraq if protesters’ demands aren’t met is this: They will target oil facilities--the only thing that will force any major change, and indeed,…

The Battle For Libya’s Oil Is Heating Up

Nov 29, 2019 at 10:21 | Julianne Geiger

The past two days have seen forces loyal to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) seize and then lose a key oilfield in the south, suggesting that General Khalifa Haftar’s…

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…

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