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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The war in Syria is not to be explained only by the political infighting in the country between the Alawites and the Sunni majority, but also by an important energy deal between Russia and Iran. Both the countries intend to steer the energy market in the Middle East and the Gulf region, substantially influencing the price of gas and crude oil on the world markets against other potential competitors in the sector. On the other hand, Turkey's strategy is to become an energy hub with Russia’s help too, also on the aftermath of its difficult relations with the US and the EU after the failed  military coup that has drifted the West and Turkey further apart. In the following exclusive article for EPOS, Gregorio Baggiani analyses the situation pointing out all the geopolitical implications and the economical strategies



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Gazprom-European Commission relations have been in a state of ferment in recent months because of the investigation into Gazprom that began on 4 September 2012, with charges against it of abusing a dominant market position. This took place after the introduction of the so-called "Third Energy Package" by the European Commission. The package calls for an 'unbundling' between gas distributors and gas producers to allow access to energy transportation to other companies, the so-called 'third parties', and avoid problems regarding monopolies or abuse of dominant market positions and price-fixing collusions. In this exclusive article for EPOS Gregorio Baggiani investigates and focuses on the issue, depicting the scenario and analysing all the positions in the field



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Since the outbreak of the severe crisis in Ukraine at the end of 2013, Romania and Bulgaria have played a role of great importance as far as the control of the Western Black Sea in NATO is concerned. Romania is afraid of the destabilization of Moldova, due to the possible incorporation of Transnistria, Moldova's separatist republic with a majority of Russian or Slavic population into the Russian sphere of influence. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the political involvements and interests of the South-East European countries in the Ukrainian crisis, focusing on the relations among Russia, Europe and NATO, and highlighting the qualitative difference of the strategies compared to the past, until the outbreak of the Ukrainian crisis



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by Gregorio Baggiani

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Russia-Afghanistan relations date back to the 19th century. The Soviet-Afghan War of 1979-1989 still insistently projects its shadow between Russia and Afghanistan, making it quite difficult for the two countries to establish new relations. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses the current relations between the two countries, focusing on the interests of Moscow in Afghanistan and the attitude of Afghanistan towards the big Euro-asian country. The author points out and discuss clearly Russia's role in the great game in Central Asia



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The Strategic Meaning of Russia-Iran Relations

Saturday, 04 October 2014 08:14
by Gregorio Baggiani

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Relations between Russia and Iran date back at least to the 18th century, and since then the southern Caucasus has represented a common area of interest between the two countries. To this days, good relations with Iran mean for Russia playing a central role in maintaining the balance in the region. In the following article, Gregorio Baggiani analyses all the relations between Russia and the Islamic Republic, focusing on the issue of Iranian nuclear capacity, and the issue of the legal status of the Caspian Sea and the Russia-Iran Alliance. The author discusses Russia-Iran relations and the international context in the light of the Ukrainian crisis, tracing all the elements of convergence and divergence in the relations between the two countries

 

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by Gregorio Baggiani

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For the Russian Federation the European Union has become the most important political subject west of its borders, and issues between the two entities range from energy policy to regional cooperation, security,cultural and technological cooperation, as well as several other complex questions pertaining to international relations as a whole. This article aims to study these issues, dividing them into sectors, and to show the interactions of each within the scope of the complex relations between the EU and Russia

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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The question of the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, though apparently characterized by a merely legalistic and economic aspect, really hides a political and geopolitical issue of great relevance. Situated at the geopolitical confluence of actors of international importance (China, India, Russia, USA, EU, Iran and Turkey) the Caspian Sea has gradually assumed a strategic role and has attracted the attention of a great number of state and non-state actors present on the international scene


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