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The Position of the Visegrad Countries in Energy Relations between Russia and the EU
The Position of the Visegrad Countries in Energy Relations between Russia and the EU

Author(s): Karel Hirman
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)

Summary/Abstract: The countries of the Visegrad Four - the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary - belonged to the Soviet block, and were members of the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) and the Warsaw Treaty Organisation up until 1989. The purposeful development of the dependence of these countries on supplies of energy raw materials . oil and natural gas . was one of the significant economic instruments of the then foreign policy of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of Communist regimes the diversification of energy raw material supplies and the privatisation of energy and chemical sectors became topical issues. The question of the involvement of Russian oil companies and the Russian gas corporation Gazprom in this process has become a political and security problem.

  • Issue Year: II/2001
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 82-96
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: English