Energy as a bond: Relations with Russia in the European and the Dutch context
By Susann Handke and Jacques de Jong, Clingendael International Energy Programme, September 2007
This paper examines the recent policy changes in Russia, its economic development, and the state of the Russian energy sectors. To analyse EU-Russian energy relations in a much broader context, EU policies towards Russia are discussed.
The findings are evaluated in the context of the trends in international energy relations focusing on the role of the state and the decreasing importance of market-oriented players. The paper argues that Russia's economic recovery and modernisation is an opportunity for further cooperation with the EU.