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The end of the Russian energy weapon (that arguably was never there)

March 5, 2015, Tim Boersma

The crisis in Ukraine once again revived the fierce debate about Europe’s dependence on Russian energy resources. Despite this debate, writes Tim Boersma, most of Europe is not really vulnerable to Russian energy coercion. Those small pockets that are dependent have steadily decreased their vulnerability to coercion not by avoiding Russian energy but diversifying supply and increasing market integration. All told this mean that Russia no longer has an energy weapon against Europe. Arguably, it never did.

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