IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Geographical Dimensions of Russian Energy Developments


  • Markku Tykkyläinen



For decades, energy production and use have been of primary importance for the economy of Russia and the former Soviet Union. These newest energy plans support the country's economic connections with the west and global economy. Many factors in energy production and logistics (and politics) promote the integration of Russia with Europe, and almost only with Europe. This economic connection between Russia and the EU countries seems to be profitable for both sides, as their economies are mutually complementary. The formation of such mutual interests causes new security configuration in the foreign policies of these countries. The former empire's parts bordering on Russia in the west, Belarus and first of all Ukraine, have become problematic due to transit payment conflicts. Consequently, the focus of logistic visions is geographically transferred to the north. Russian companies develop northern pipelines and ports as well as plan the construction of new oil and gas pipelines through Fennoscandia. On the other hand, these northern infrastructure plans are also a pure geographical coincidence, in the way that new oil and gas deposits lie in northern high-latitude zones. Logistic investments near the border regions of Finland are supported by the factor that the shortest way for gas (and partly oil) transportation to Central Europe is through the Baltic Sea area. Russian Energy plans bring about re-integration: Close cooperation between Russia and the European Union in the energy field can bring the former COMECON countries and the Baltic states, when they get EU membership, back into the energy system, from which they wanted to be separated ten yeas ago. It seems evident that the Russian Energy developments will have spin-offs to localities of the European North. How, to which areas, and to what extent is worth dicussing and elaborating on.

Suggested Citation

  • Markku Tykkyläinen, 2003. "Geographical Dimensions of Russian Energy Developments," ERSA conference papers ersa03p464, European Regional Science Association.
  • Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa03p464

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Rautava, Jouko, 2002. "The role of oil prices and the real exchange rate in Russia's economy," BOFIT Discussion Papers 3/2002, Bank of Finland, Institute for Economies in Transition.
    2. Jouko Rautava, 2002. "The role of oil prices and the real exchange rate in Russia‘s economy," Macroeconomics 0209004, EconWPA.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa03p464. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Gunther Maier). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.