Eastern Partnership

Breaking the “Natural Law” of Gas Deliveries. The Mechanism of the Reverse Flows in Ukraine and Europe

With regard to Russia’s energy pipelines, there has long been a view that gas must flow from east to west. Of course, barring human intervention, gas—like water—merely follows the path of least resistance, whether for natural (or political, in the case of energy markets), reasons. As its European importers continue to find other alternatives, Russia has sought to intervene to ensure the continued observance of its “natural law” that gas will always flow from east to west. Yet thanks to the efforts of Ukraine, a country faced with a particularly difficult energy transit relationship with Russia, west-east flows are now a reality, with EU member states Germany, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia exporting gas in the reverse direction.

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Transnistria – a soviet “antique” replica playing a strategic role in the EaP future

On any given summer Saturday morning in Tallinn, tourists can be found walking up and down the Balti Jaam flea market hoping to find a unique piece of the former Soviet era—whether military uniforms, pins or medals, portraits of Lenin, and red Communist Party membership cards. Unfortunately, these visitors rarely realize that since the supply of such relics is of course finite, the majority of them are cheap, newly-made copies—part of an industry that in a bizarre way is keeping the Soviet Union alive.

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Shale gas perspectives for Ukraine: where does illusion end and reality begin?

The effects of the recent revolution in North American shale gas are now being felt in Europe, as both states and energy companies rush to be the first to reap the promised benefits of the region’s reserves. The Ukrainian government—making positive headlines for a change—has seized the momentum, calling for a new European energy future that will break the chains of Russia’s energy monopoly in the region.

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About gas and Gaza: commonalities of real and pipeline wars

The news streaming into our living rooms from the television screens have lately been about two major issues – Gaza and gas. Before Christmas, Israel opened another page in the blood-stained history of its conflict with the Palestinians by launching an attack on the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip, allegedly to destroy the militants’ capability to fire missile to the Israeli cities. When the New Year celebrations were ending, Russia shut down gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine, alleging that the latter was stealing transit gas instead of paying its debts and agreeing to a new price.

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Crimea the Achilles Heel of Ukraine

Since Russia’s aggression against Georgia in August, a number of Ukrainian and foreign politicians, diplomats and security policy analysts have warned that Ukraine and Crimea could become Russia’s next target. Indeed, Moscow has persistently intimidated Ukraine ever since the Orange Revolution. Kremlin regularly provokes and exacerbates conflicts between Crimea and the central government in Kyiv in order to increase its own influence in Crimea and to strengthen its position in the Black Sea region.

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Ukraina – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit?

Kas apelsinivärvi koalitsioon Ukrainas saab ja jääb elujõuliseks või mitte? Tänane uudis Ukraina oranži koalitsioonileppe allkirjastamisest Julia Timošenko Bloki (BJUT) ja Meie Ukraina-Rahva Omakaitse (NUNS) vahel annab lootust optimismiks.

Lepe kiideti heaks BJUTi ja NUNSi parlamendifraktsioonide ühisel koosolekul. Dokumendiga olid nõus kõik fraktsioonidesse kuuluva saadikud, välja arvatud üks. Eriarvamusele jäi Meie Ukrainasse kuuluv senine Julgeolekunõukogu sekretär Ivan Pliuš, kes on pika karjääriga poliitik, Juštšenko perekonnasõber ja mõningatel andmetel ka Ukraina presidendi vaimne isa poliitilises plaanis.

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