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Russian energy supplies to Europe: the Crimea crisis: mutual dependency, lasting collateral damage and strategic alternatives for the European Union


Westphal, Kirsten

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract At least in the medium term Russia will remain the backbone of Europe’s energy supply. While the European Union possesses enough storage capacity to bridge a temporary interruption of gas supplies routed through Ukraine, it has precious few other immediate alternatives. In the medium to long term, however, Europe has diversification options that would also expand its foreign policy leeway. Overall, strong reciprocal dependencies and economic rationality should mitigate against allowing the political conflict to spread into economic and energy relations. Otherwise both sides will suffer massive economic harm. (author's abstract)
Keywords Russia; Ukraine; political conflict; natural gas; export; energy supply; energy policy; EU; economic relations; international relations
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 16/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications