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The Transit Dimension of EU Energy Security: Russian Gas Transit Across Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova


  • Yafimava, Katja

    (Research Fellow, Natural Gas Research Programme, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK)


This book analyses how EU transit (and hence energy) security is affected by the governance structures of the Eurasian gas network and by asymmetrical power relations between its actors, in particular between Russia and western CIS states (Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova) and their national gas companies. It views the Eurasian gas network as the overlap and interaction of four spaces: the regulatory space, the contractual space, the space of flows, and the space of places, and asserts that the discontinuities between and within the spaces adversely affect EU gas transit security. The volume suggests ways in which these discontinuities can be reduced, and how their negative effect can be minimised. The book identifies the threats to security of Russian gas transit across the western CIS, explains why and how unresolved Russia-western CIS bilateral issues led to the appearance of these threats, and determines whether the existing bilateral frameworks (supply and transit contracts and intergovernmental agreements) are adequate and sufficient to ensure security of transit across the western CIS. Furthermore it identifies EU energy policy gaps and explains why these gaps reduced the Union's ability to deal with such threats. It shows how transit security threats can be reduced through the joint employment of both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.

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  • Yafimava, Katja, 2011. "The Transit Dimension of EU Energy Security: Russian Gas Transit Across Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199599226.
  • Handle: RePEc:oxp:obooks:9780199599226

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    1. Lee, Yusin, 2017. "Interdependence, issue importance, and the 2009 Russia-Ukraine gas conflict," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 102(C), pages 199-209.
    2. Catherine Locatelli, 2015. "La question du gaz dans les relations entre l'UE, la Russie et l'Ukraine," Post-Print hal-01174452, HAL.
    3. Dakpogan, Arnaud & Smit, Eon, 2018. "The effect of electricity losses on GDP in Benin," MPRA Paper 89545, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Meiramkul Saiymova & Aliya Shakharova & Aliya Rakaeva & Madina Serikova & Aslan Tasmaganbetov & Yuliya Tyurina & Zhibek Bimagambetova, 2020. "Energy Security, Economics and Environment in the Eurasian Economic Union: Current and Future Scenarios," International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, Econjournals, vol. 10(4), pages 293-299.
    5. Sauvageot, Eric Pardo, 2020. "Between Russia as producer and Ukraine as a transit country: EU dilemma of interdependence and energy security," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 145(C).
    6. Kerber, Samuel W. & Gilbert, Alexander Q. & Deinert, Mark R. & Bazilian, Morgan D., 2021. "Understanding the nexus of energy, environment and conflict: An overview," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 151(C).
    7. Dakpogan, Arnaud & Smit, Eon, 2018. "Measuring electricity security risk," MPRA Paper 89295, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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