Caspian Deal Highlights Shift in Azerbaijan

TOM LUONGO As the US/Turkish relationship deteriorates it is having spillover effects around the region. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s continued defiance of US’s demands have placed Turkey in the cross-hairs of a vicious hybrid-war attack on the country’s fragile economic foundation. So, I find it very interesting that during the week of the greatest … Continue reading Caspian Deal Highlights Shift in Azerbaijan

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All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

The five states surrounding the sea – Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan – have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation By Pepe Escobar The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian Sea signed on Sunday in the Kazakh port of Aktau is a defining … Continue reading All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration

Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm

There could be widespread ramifications from US energy independence and looming US sanctions on Iran and Russia; states in Central Asia could be hit hard, as well as serious possible impacts on global oil production and the West By Pepe Escobar Russia and Saudi Arabia are in deep debate on whether to raise OPEC and … Continue reading Oil and gas geopolitics: no shelter from the storm

Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

'Pipelineistan' has a long history, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer By Pepe Escobar Azerbaijan held a presidential election this month. Predictably, incumbent leader Ilham Aliyev won his fourth consecutive term with a Kim dynasty-esque 86% of the votes. International monitors for the Organization for Security … Continue reading Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market

From Arctic to Indian Ocean: First shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas arrives in India

A tanker with liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced in Russia's Yamal region in northwest Siberia has been delivered to India. According to first deputy chairman of Novatek’s management board, Lev Feodosyev, the shipment is in line with the company’s goal to expand its supply geography and increase the presence in key Asian markets. “The first … Continue reading From Arctic to Indian Ocean: First shipment of Russian liquefied natural gas arrives in India