The last barrel ///

Recent events suggest that an old-style Cold War is slowly returning, as regards Russia vs. the U.S. And if this is true, there may be repercussions for upstream oil and gas. Over the last six months, various incidents point toward deterioration in Russia’s relationship with the U.S. and its allies. Simultaneously, one can see a continuing consolidation of Russia’s oil and gas industry, with a growing level of control returning to the central government, under President Vladimir Putin, as described by our FSU contributor, Dr. Jacques Sapir, in his column on page 23 of this issue of World Oil. The two situations are interwoven, as only the Kremlin can do it.

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