Who Needs Russia? Ukraine Will Destroy Itself With New Gas Tax

Ukraine doesn’t need Russia to take it down—Kiev is doing fine destroying itself, most recently with a new tax code that doubles taxes for private gas producers and promises to irreparably cripple new investment in the energy sector at a time when reform and outside investment were the country’s only hope. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko […]

Why Ukraine’s President Doesn’t Matter

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia’s annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin—but it won’t be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections. In the aftermath of the Maidan protests that overthrew president Viktor Yanukovych […]

What the Loss of Crimea Means for Ukrainian Energy

Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is now Russia’s. It was done with an impressively organized non-violent military operation, and supported by the foregone conclusion of a referendum on independence from Ukraine. One Ukrainian soldier was reportedly killed on 18 March, after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the treaty to annex the Crimea and troops moved to take […]

Russia Aggression Paves Way for Ukrainian Energy Coup: Interview With Yuri Boyko

As Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula is lost to Russia, with a referendum on the peninsula’s independence planned for Sunday and the specter of a Russian military advance on eastern Ukraine looming large, we are witnessing a crisis of international proportions. The key to this crisis is energy. Russia’s aggressive move on the Crimea may in fact […]

Syria Signs First-Ever Offshore Oil Deal, With Russia

Syria has signed an agreement with Russian oil and gas company SoyuzNefteGaz for joint oil exploration off the Mediterranean coast, in Syria’s part of the prolific Levant Basin, according to Syrian, Russian and Iranian state news agencies. The contract will enter into effect immediately despite US and European sanctions against Syria, where opposition forces and Islamist groups […]

When Iran Negotiations Aren’t About Iran

By the Editors of OilPrice.com Premium: Bottom Line: What is important to understand about negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is that is has less to do with nuclear issues than it does with the back-room diplomatic dance that has Israel, Saudi Arabia and France doing everything in their power to derail Washington’s plans. Analysis: The […]

Iran’s Looming Energy Crisis

By Samir Tata/ISN Security Watch The United States has established beyond any doubt that Iran is facing a looming energy crisis that threatens to transform the country into a net importer rather than a net exporter of oil. The consequences of this would be catastrophic: Iran would suffer severe economic stagnation and become strategically irrelevant. […]

EC Investigation Calls into Question Sustainability of German Subsidies

While the shale boom in the US has lowered electricity bills for consumers, Europeans are struggling to keep up with rising energy costs, in large part due to ambitious emissions targets set by the EU. In Germany, known for both its aggressive push towards renewables and the storied competitiveness of its exporters, companies may soon […]

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