Russian Energy Policy: Moscow's Newfound Clout
Recorded on March 2, 2006
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Russian energy policy took on a new dimension in January when
the natural gas supplied to Ukraine was suddenly cut-off over a
longstanding contract dispute between the two countries. Though the
flow of gas would eventually be restored, the episode highlighted
the new found clout Moscow enjoys with not only its immediate
neighbors, but also the whole of Western Europe. In the days of the
Soviet Union, it was Moscow's military strength that the world came
to fear. 15 years after the end of the cold war, a new economic
weapon has emerged in the Russian arsenal - oil and gas.
This panel discussion, highlighting The Russia Foreign Energy
Policy Report Series that is being currently published in London,
will establish the confluence of Russian foreign policy with the
acquisition of foreign energy assets by Russian entities. The
series focuses on nine specific country profiles in such areas as
oil, gas, electricity, and nuclear power industries. Each report
written by an author of international standing, explains how
Russian foreign energy downstream mergers and acquisitions are
transpiring to consolidate the newly acquired Russian influence.
Join us on March 2nd as we examine the implications of Russian
energy policy, including energy asset acquisitions in countries
such as Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, and Bulgaria.