EU-Russia Energy Diplomacy: The Need for an Active Strategic Partnership

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Series Details No. 4, July 2012
Publication Date July 2012
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This paper explains the conflictive and cooperative elements of energy diplomacy between the European Union (EU) and Russia. It argues that interdependence forms the underlying principle of this relationship and creates both sensitivity and vulnerability for the interdependent parties, thus carrying the sperms of both conflict and cooperation. Both sides would be negatively affected by the other side’s non-cooperation within the current policy framework and the prevailing mistrust and recurring tensions can be explained by this sensitivity.

However, even if both sides’ policies were adjusted, vulnerability interdependence would still prevent them from seriously reducing their energy cooperation. It is necessary then to see how EU and Russian energy diplomacy can converge and how their strategic energy partnership can be cemented.

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