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Have Russia's strong arm tactics backfired?

by Kevin Baxter on Apr 19, 2009


Qatar now has the infrastructure to transfer LNG on a massive scale.
Qatar now has the infrastructure to transfer LNG on a massive scale.

Recent news that both Bulgaria and Poland have been courting Qatar and their massive gas reseves must have set alarm bells ringing at Gazsprom. The Russian oil and gas giant is sitting on the world's largest gas reserves and currently provides the European Union with 25% of its gas.

However, the price row that erupted with Ukraine disrupted the supply of gas to the many countries who recieve Russian gas via pipelines that run through the country.

As a result Qatar find themselves in an excellent position to take advantage. With gigantic gas reserves and an ever improving infrastructure being put in place to process and then ship the gas, the Gulf sate could stand to benfit enormously from Russia's frequent fits of pique.

 

 

 


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I disagree. Russia needs to move on and stop acting like a cantankerous old bear that has just awoke from hibernation. D

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David Byers (Apr 19, 2009)
Doha
Qatar

The old bear needs lessons in diplomacy
I disagree. Russia needs to move on and stop acting like a cantankerous old bear that has just awoke from hibernation. Diplomacy with their neighbours has never been one of their strong points. The move to source gas from other nations is a good move on Poland's part.

Nick (Apr 19, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Russia's tactics
I don't think anyone can blame Russia for protecting their interests, they might have seemed slightly heavy-handed to the outside world but I believe that if you see things from their perspective it is easier to understand the way they acted. The media need to stop seeing Russia as the bad guy in all of this!


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