RUSSIAN ENERGY STRATEGY FOR 21 CENTURY

Toni Mileski

Abstract


This paper deals with post-Soviet geopolitical space and the
positions of Russia in terms of the distribution of primary energy in the
various markets in post-Soviet republics, Southeast Europe and China.
These opportunities positioned Russia as a major player on the market
for natural gas and oil. It is quite evident that the early 21st century
Russia is pursuing a pragmatic policy towards the world dominated by
economic diplomacy. The economic recovery of Russia and rising living
standards in recent years obviously show on the surface. Such
successes are mostly due to the energy sector. To quickly fill the state
budget Russia imposed high prices of natural fuels, which exports in
large quantities. These indicators show that Russia is slowly but surely
returning to the geopolitical scene and is again equal partner of the
United States.
In the region of post-Soviet republics, Russia using energy as a
political tool. In South-eastern Europe, Russia strives to become the
dominant distributor of energy, while in China and the Far East opens
new energy markets that would ensure reliable classification given their
high absorption power.


Key words: GEOPOLITICS, RUSSIA, ENERGY, ENERGY SECURITY,
ENERGY DIPLOMACY


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