Russia Ups Ante with Caspian Neighbors by Moving Offshore
On 16 November in Astrakhan Lukoil president, Vagit Alekperov told journalists that his company will spend over $16 billion over the next decade to develop the country’s Caspian offshore Korchagin and Filanovskii oil and natural gas fields in the Caspian, at the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Astrakhan Region.
Possible Naval War in the Caspian Over Energy Resources?
In the past three decades the Islamic Republic of Iran has developed a well-earned sense of paranoia. First, in September 1980 Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in what he thought would be a quick military victory, but which quickly turned into an eight-year bloody slugfest, leaving an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 dead before the guns fell silent.
Turkmen Gas Finally Gets Washington's Attention – A Little too Late
•Head of Turkmengaz Fired and Replaced with Deputy
•CYBERCOM to Go Operational This Month
•Govt Takes over Hungarian Plant after Deadly Toxic Spill
•French Transport and Oil Industry Strikes Risks Radicalization
•Bolivia to Start Lithium Production in October
•ISAF’s Torkham AfPak Border Crossing Reopened
Nazarbayev’s Successful Diplomacy in Kyrgyzstan Signals Deeper Strategic Shifts
The recent crisis and instability in Kyrgyzstan, highlighted the fragility of security and the potential weakness of the political systems throughout the region and exposed new dimensions in the conduct of Kazakhstan’s foreign policy that may well prove pivotal for US energy interests in the Caspian Sea region.
Gazprom faces regular opprobrium for its bullying ways of using energy as a pressure and political tool. Seen by some, mostly Russians, as the symbol of a successful and strong Russia, others see it as a dominating juggernaut, economic right arm of the Kremlin implementing, or should we say, imposing its policies by using energy as a weapon.