2015, April, 24, 22:05:00EUROPE TREATS GAZPROM
Brussels will on Wednesday accuse Russia’s Gazprom of illegal abuse of its dominant position in Europe’s gas market, unveiling antitrust charges that threaten to inflame already difficult relations with Moscow.
2015, April, 24, 22:00:00THE NEW RUSSIAN EMPIRE – 5
The UK is to force Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell a dozen North Sea gas fields owned by his $10bn energy fund L1 Energy, giving him just three months to comply or lose operating rights.
2015, April, 16, 19:20:00HARD OIL OUTLOOK
The rebalancing of the global oil market may still be in its early stage with the outlook “only getting murkier”, according to the International Energy Agency, as uncertainties remain about demand and supply responses to the steep drop in prices.
2015, April, 14, 19:25:00GREECE & RUSSIA VS EU
Relations between Greece and Russia appear to be strengthening after Tsipras confirmed his opposition to Western sanctions on Russia. He claimed that the Greek government helped block European proposals to increase the scope of the sanctions.
2015, April, 9, 19:20:00RUSSIAN GAS CHALLENGES
The next decade will be critical for the Russian natural gas industry with the outcome largely depending on the nation’s pricing and institutional policies
2015, April, 7, 20:30:00THE NEW GREECE & RUSSIA LINE
Preparing the ground for a much-discussed visit in Moscow (8-9 April), Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras reiterated his opposition to EU sanctions against Moscow, adding that debt-ridden country’s ambition is to upgrade its relations with Russia.
2015, April, 2, 19:45:00IRAN & RUSSIA OPTIMISM
Talks between the P5+1 nations and Iran have failed to reach a conclusive outcome by the self-imposed 31st March deadline. The P5+1 nations and Iran have extended talks for a further 24 hours, in the hope that an outline agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme could be reached.
2015, March, 23, 19:10:00U.S. MEAGER OPTIONS
The United States will struggle to follow through on threats to impose deeper sanctions on the Russian energy sector, as European fears over collateral economic damage leave President Barack Obama's administration with diminished options.
2015, March, 23, 18:50:00TOTAL SEEKS FOR RUSSIA
Total SA is seeking the equivalent of up to $15 billion in Chinese financing to fund its expansion in Russia, its chief executive said, as U.S. sanctions complicate the French oil giant’s big bet there.
2015, March, 20, 18:55:00SANCTIONS TILL END
From the first day of the summit of EU leaders in Brussels, the message resonated loudly: there seems to be one single front against Russia and toward the creation of the Energy Union, while a widespread criticism over the European approach to the Greek saga emerged amid tensions.
2015, March, 20, 18:40:00THE NEW RUSSIAN EMPIRE - 3
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman is preparing to sell a dozen North Sea gasfields at the heart of a fierce row over ownership, in a move that would avert a high-profile legal battle with the UK government.
2015, March, 20, 18:35:00EU & TURKEY AGREE
As the West tightened its grip on Russia with sanctions, particularly in energy, following the annexation of Crimea last year, the European Union is trying to expand its cooperation to counter Russia's dominant position in energy sector.
2015, March, 20, 17:45:00STATOIL WILL DRILL FOR RUSSIA
Statoil ASA plans to drill four wells in Russia with state oil company OAO Rosneft, targeting heavy oil fields, showing Norway’s biggest energy producer is deepening its involvement in the country against the backdrop of international sanctions.
2015, March, 18, 20:03:00THE NEW RUSSIAN EMPIRE - 2
Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman’s investment fund said Wednesday it sent a “detailed response” to U.K. government objections to its deal to take over offshore natural-gas fields amid a period of icy relations between Moscow and the West.
2015, March, 12, 21:10:00UKRAINE’S EXISTENTIAL CHALLENGES
Ukraine is facing existential challenges, and energy security is one of them. The country is dependent on Russia supplying most of its natural gas as well as uranium fuel for its nuclear reactors. Under these very difficult circumstances, a government with a holistic view of its strategic security and energy goals would logically develop a policy aimed at encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production. Unfortunately, Kyiv is doing the opposite.