Russia is playing hardball with its long-term contracts on gas prices. It is using them as a political weapon to control its neighbours, says GIS expert Dr Frank Umbach. In this special report he points out the major strategic implications for the EU's overall energy and climate change policies.

A RENEWED conflict has blown up over the price Ukraine pays to import natural gas from Russia.

The latest row, which began at the end of August, 2011, follows previous gas conflicts in 2006 and 2009 which had severe consequences for the European Union.

Ukraine is the main conduit for Russian gas supplies to...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
The new price conflict has much wider strategic and geopolitical implications for the EU. While the EU is interested in maintaining a good and stable strategic energy partnership with Russia, it also has an overriding strategic interest in redefining its overall energy mix
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