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By Dr Harold Elletson, Kevin Rosner

Increasingly depending on Russian gasoline imports and with negligible resources of family power offer, the Baltic international locations were the objective of competitive Russian advertisement job and a sustained try to lock them right into a long term reliance on Russia. Now, as Baltic political leaders, power experts and intelligence analysts think of their suggestions, the consequences for the safety and independence of the 3 ecu member states are an issue of outrage well past the Baltic. This sequence of news establishes for the 1st time the confluence of Russian overseas coverage with the purchase of overseas power resources by means of Russian entities. 9 particular kingdom profiles specialize in the oil, gasoline, electrical energy and nuclear energy industries. each one document written by way of an writer of overseas status, explains how Russian international strength downstream mergers and acquisitions are transpiring to consolidate the recent Russian empire.

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Keith Smith, quoted in Krickus, op. cit. Prime-Tass, Article by Roland Nash, Head of Research, Renaissance Capital, quoted in Alexander’s Gas and Oil Connections, News and Trends: CIS/Russia. Ibid. ‘Putin stresses need to ‘make our own house strong’, Financial Times, 11 May 2006. Putin did, however, emphasize that Russia would not repeat the mistakes of the Cold War when the Soviet Union spent so much on weapons that it undermined its economy. He also made some reassuring noises on energy security, saying that Russia could play a positive role in forming a ‘uniform energy strategy’ for Europe.

In Latvia, for example, national statistics estimate that 16% of the population live in poverty. Report on ‘Energy Policy in the Electricity Sector’, approved by the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers on 11 November, 2001. ‘Long-term Public Fuel and Energy Sector Development Plan until 2015’, English translation by Estonian Legal Language Centre 2005. ‘Energy Policy in the Electricity Sector’, op. cit. Ibid. Ibid. ‘Long-term Fuel and Energy Sector Development Plan’, op. cit. ‘Energy Policy in the Electricity Sector’, op.

Regional collaboration Inevitably, in the near future, the Baltic States will have to make major investments in infrastructure in order to improve their energy security. The old Soviet infrastructure was deliberately designed without a national basis and has left most of the former ‘captive nations’ with unbalanced national energy infrastructures. If the Baltic countries are to make the investments necessary in infrastructure, it would clearly be most cost-effective if it were done on a collaborative, regional basis.

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