In comments on January 11, Fradkov admitted that Russia's image as a reliable energy supplier was damaged as a result of the dispute with Belarus that this week led to a halt of Russian oil supplies going through Belarus.
The Russian oil resumed flowing late on January 10 after Belarus cancelled a new transit fee that had been imposed after Russia doubled gas prices to Belarus and imposed an oil-export duty.
An oil field in Russia's Republic of Bashkortostan (TASS file photo)
ENERGY SECURITY is increasingly moving to the top of the EU's agenda in its dealings the outside world. A recent report identifies the European Union's main energy objectives as not just securing gas and oil deliveries from Russia, but also ensuring that it has reliable alternative sources, including in Central Asia. Nonetheless, EU officials say relations with Russia take center-stage in their thinking....(more)