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Prima / Vladimir SOCOR
Vladimir SOCOR
24.01.2007
  BELARUS WARNS IT MAY CANCEL ITS SUBSIDIES TO RUSSIA
Contrary to the widespread impression, Russian economic subsidies to Belarus have been only one side of a two-way process. Belarus has in effect also been subsidizing Russia for the last decade. The mutual-subsidies system has been the only real dimension to the otherwise virtual “Russia-Belarus union state” from 1996 to date.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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23.01.2007
  KREMLIN STRATEGY TARGETS WESTERN ENERGY ASSETS IN RUSSIA, WESTERN SUPPLY SOURCES IN THIRD COUNTRIES
On January 21 in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured a skeptical Angela Merkel -- visiting in a triple capacity as German Chancellor, holder of the European Union presidency, and incoming G-8 chair -- about Russia’s purported reliability as an energy partner to the West. The relevant actions, however, unfolded not in Sochi, but rather in Siberia and in Algeria, continuing Moscow’s three-pronged offensive against Western energy interests.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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19.01.2007
  KAZAKHSTAN OIL OUTPUT AND EXPORT DATA DEMONSTRATE URGENCY OF TRANS-CASPIAN OUTLETS
Amid growing concerns over Russia’s reliability as an energy supplier and its treatment of Western investments in the energy sector, Kazakhstan stands out for its reliability on both counts. However, Russian policy is geared to ensuring a decisive -- if mostly covert -- say on Kazakhstan’s physical access to Western energy markets and even on operations of Western energy producers and transporters in Kazakhstan.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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19.01.2007
  KARS-AKHALKALAKI-TBILISI-BAKU RAIL PROJECT SOON TO ROLL FORWARD
Thanks in large measure to Azerbaijan’s rapidly growing economic strength, the Kars (Turkey)-Akhalkalaki-Tbilisi-Baku (KATB) railroad-building project can soon become a reality. The project had stalled for more than a decade, due to a lack of funding for the Georgian stretch of the line. Now Azerbaijan is able to finance that part of the project.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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17.01.2007
  SHAH-DENIZ GAS BUTTRESSING GEORGIA, AZERBAIJAN ECONOMICALLY AND POLITICALLY
At 10 pm local time on January 14, commercial production and the delivery flow of gas started at the first well of Azerbaijan’s giant offshore field Shah-Deniz, a BP-led project. In the afternoon of the following day, the first volumes of gas reached Georgia through the South Caucasus Gas Pipeline, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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16.01.2007
  HUNGARY AND THE NABUCCO PROJECT: TIME TO END THE AMBIGUITY
In its comprehensive package of strategy documents, “Energy Policy for Europe,” just released in Brussels, the European Commission has proposed appointing a European Union Coordinator for the planned Nabucco gas pipeline, deemed a “critical project” by the EU (Press release, January 10).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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12.01.2007
  ILUZII PRIVIND BUNĂVOINŢA KREMLINULUI
Se conturează oare, în anul 2007, evoluţii care ar putea conduce către reîntregirea Republicii Moldova cu Transnistria pînă on anul 2008 ? Eu nu întrebuinţez termenul “soluţionarea problemei transnistrene” -- o formulă care poate să însemne aproape orice sau aproape nimic.
Vladimir Socor
 
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12.01.2007
  BRONZE SOLDIER SET TO LEAVE TALLINN AS LAST SOVIET SOLDIER
On January 10, the Estonian parliament adopted in the third and final reading a Law on the Protection of War Burial Sites, clearing the way for the long-awaited removal of the bronze monument to the Liberating Soviet Soldier from downtown Tallinn and other obtrusive symbols of the Soviet occupation in public places. President Toomas Ilves signed the law on the following day
by Vladimir Socor
 
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11.01.2007
  BELARUS PRESIDENT YIELDS TO RUSSIA AS OIL TRANSIT TO EUROPE RESUMES
On January 10, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenka informed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by telephone that Belarus was canceling as of that day the transit tax on Russian oil en route to Europe. Minsk had introduced the oil transit tax on January 1 in response to Moscow’s introduction of customs duties on crude oil supplies to Belarus effective also from January 1, which heavily hit Belarus’ export-oriented refining industry
by Vladimir Socor
 
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10.01.2007
  OIL SUPPLY CUTBACK TO EUROPE SHAKES RUSSIA'S RELIABLE-SUPPLIER IMAGE
Conclusive evidence emerged on January 9 that Russia halted oil exports to European Union countries via Belarus during the night of January 7-8. Moscow seeks to force Belarus to accept Russian-imposed terms for oil supplies to Belarus itself as well as for transit of Russian oil to Europe (see EDM, January 8, 9).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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09.01.2007
  RUSSIA-BELARUS STANDOFF MAY BEGIN AFFECTING OIL SUPPLIES TO EUROPE
Deliveries of Russian oil via Belarus to points West suffered several brief interruptions during January 5 through 8, causing a slight decrease in the volumes scheduled for delivery to Poland and Germany. The problem has arisen following Minsk’s introduction of a transit charge for Russian oil through Belarusian pipelines, as a compensatory response to Moscow’s introduction of customs duties on oil supplies to Belarus (see EDM, January 8).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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08.01.2007
  BELARUS OIL TRANSIT TAX RETALIATES TO RUSSIAN OIL COST HIKE
Effective January 1, the Russian government has introduced a heavily-hitting export duty of $181 per ton of crude oil delivered to Belarus. Those deliveries had been duty-free until now. Signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on December 8, 2006, the decision places oil deliveries to Belarus under the same customs regime as the deliveries to countries that are not members of the CIS Customs Union/Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEc, which includes Belarus).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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05.01.2007
  AZERBAIJAN’S PRESIDENT TURNS DOWN GAZPROM’S “BLACKMAIL” PRICE
Azerbaijan has ceased importing gas from Russia as of January 1. Despite the anticipated shortage of gas in the country -- compounded by an unanticipated production delay at the international Shah Deniz gas project -- Azerbaijan has refused to pay $235 per 1,000 cubic meters of Gazprom-delivered gas in 2007.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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03.01.2007
  SHELL FORCED TO CAPITULATE TO PUTIN ON SAKHALIN ENERGY PROJECT
A two-part deal -- one publicized on December 21 and thereafter, the other confidential but leaked by Moscow on December 28 -- has sealed Gazprom’s seizure of the majority stake in the Royal Dutch Shell-led oil and gas project Sakhalin-2. Shell, hitherto the project operator, surrendered under the threat of multibillion-dollar environmental-damage suits and revocation of licenses by the Kremlin-unleashed Nature Inspectorate, in a largely farcical campaign (see EDM, December 13, 15).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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02.01.2007
  GEORGIA’S HARD-EARNED CHRISTMAS PRESENT: RUSSIAN MILITARY OUT OF TBILISI
On Christmas Day, December 25, 2006, the last personnel of Russia’s garrison in Tbilisi and the rump Headquarters of the Group of Russian Forces in the Transcaucasus (GRVZ) pulled out of Georgia’s capital and of the country altogether. Their unwilling, though ultimately precipitate, withdrawal crowns 15 years of Georgian efforts toward this goal. Moreover, the evacuation brings to a close more than 200 years of the Russian garrisoning of Tbilisi.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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26.12.2006
  BILANT AL RELATIILOR EXTERNE IN 2006
Declaratiile Presedintelui Vladimir Voronin in aceste zile de sfirsit de an constituie, in buna parte, un bilant. Trei teme principale se desprind din acest bilant: relatiile cu Uniunii Europene, cu Rusia si cu Romania.Nu-i de mirare ca tocmai relatiile externe ale statului se situeaza in fruntea preocuparilor. Statele mici si vulnerabile, lipsite de resurse naturale, pot sa existesi sa se dezvolte cu succes printr-o politica externa eficienta si abila.
Vladimir Socor
 
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15.12.2006
  TWELVE MONTHS: THE SHORT LIFE OF COMFORTABLE ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT RUSSIA’S ENERGY POLICY IN 2006
The Kremlin’s confiscatory assault on Royal Dutch Shell and threats to other Western energy majors in Russia on Black Tuesday, December 12 (see EDM, December 13) is the latest in a series of moves disproving Western wishful thinking about Russia’s energy policy.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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14.12.2006
  NEW COMPLICATIONS IN UKRAINE’S ENERGY SITUATION
Indications are multiplying that the Ukrainian government is abandoning a project to extend the Odessa-Brody pipeline into Poland as a route for Kazakhstani oil outside Russian control. Instead, the Ukrainian government now intends to connect the Odessa-Brody pipeline with the Druzhba pipeline that carries Russian oil westward via Ukraine and Slovakia.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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13.12.2006
  A BLACK TUESDAY FOR WESTERN ENERGY COMPANIES IN RUSSIA
An unprecedented flurry of warnings by top Russian energy officials on a single day, December 12, may mark that date as a Black Tuesday for Western energy companies investing in Russia. First Deputy Prime Minister and Gazprom CEO Dmitry Medvedev, Gazprom president Alexei Miller, Energy and Industry Minister Viktor Khristenko, and the unleashed “ecological” scourge Oleg Mitvol all targeted Royal Dutch Shell; but they also cracked a whip on ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, and other companies that are heavily invested -- or, as may turn out, exposed -- in Russia.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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12.12.2006
  ODESSA-BRODY-POLAND OIL TRANSPORT PROJECT SHELVED INDEFINITELY
Information released following the December 10-11 session of the Ukraine-Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation suggests that Russia has successfully forced an indefinite postponement of the Odessa-Brody-Plock oil transport project. Kazakhstan and American companies in that country were to have been the oil suppliers and Poland the first among European Union consumer countries, once the pipeline would be extended to Plock in Poland under a EU-backed project.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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