Saturday, March 15, 2008
Russia & the 'Stans
It looks like the Nabucco gas pipeline project just took another hit. Russia just announced an agreement with the 'Stans (Khazak-, Turkmeni-, and Uzbeki-) raising its pruchase price of their gas to European market rates, thereby appropriating one of the major attractions of the U.S-EU offer. As this analysis points out, though, the deal is something of a trade-off for Russia, since it complicates their South Stream pipeline project by reducing marginal profits that pipeline would have offered its southern European partners. That, more than the dissolution of the Serbian parliament, might be what motivated remarks by Serbia's parliamentary speaker to the effect that finalization of the Serbian-Russian gas deal signed in January is essentially on hold.
Cross-posted to World Politics Review.