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Return of the Bear? The Extent of Russian Revisionism as Applied to Oil and Gas Machinations

Julie Steinberg, University of Pennsylvania

Division: Social Sciences

Dept/Program: Political Science

Document Type: Undergraduate Student Research

Mentor(s): Rudra Sil

Date of this Version: 01 May 2009

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

Abstract

The 2009 Russo-Ukrainian gas skirmish was the most recent example of Gazprom’s oil and natural gas disputes with its neighbors. Over the past several years, Russia has been accused of using Gazprom to further its “neo-imperalist” and “expansionist” foreign policy goals by cutting off energy supply to nations that seem to be orienting toward the West. Careful examination of Gazprom’s actions toward Lithuania, Azerbaijan and Belarus, however, indicate the elimination of foreign subsidies and the normalization of gas prices for all. This trajectory reflects Gazprom’s approach toward deliberations: profits, not politics, dictate how disputes are resolved. This paper argues that ultimately, Russia acts out of economic necessity, not political retribution.

Discipline(s)

Comparative Politics

Suggested Citation

Steinberg, Julie, "Return of the Bear? The Extent of Russian Revisionism as Applied to Oil and Gas Machinations" 01 May 2009. CUREJ: College Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania, https://repository.upenn.edu/curej/110.

Date Posted: 23 November 2009

This document has been peer reviewed.

 

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