The Ukraine Crisis: The Neglected Gas Factor

  • July 1, 2015


The current Ukraine crisis is often portrayed as a contest between Ukraine’s desire to adopt West European standards of living and its historical pull towards Russia’s sphere of influence. This ostensibly has made Ukraine unable to tilt successfully either toward the European Union or Russia. Yet, this narrative has neglected that Ukraine is significant precisely because of its geographical position and its role as a transit country for Russian gas en route to Europe.

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