Moscow Agreement

The Western media and expert-analytical circles continue to discuss the prospects of the project Nabucco after the signing of an intergovernmental agreement on it in Ankara. According to an influential expert Alexandros Petersen Deputy Director of the Center for Eurasian energy issues at the U.S. Atlantic Council, the June euphoria over the EU's agreement with Turkey on gas pipeline Nabucco was a bit premature, since Brussels is still a long way to reduce its energy dependence on Russia (The Wall Street Journal, 10.08.09). There is no doubt that an agreement on the terms installations Nabucco Turkey and the rest INTENDED countries – transit countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria, is an important step forward. However, as noted by the expert, the problem is that while none of the Caspian gas producers on the project not subscribed. Just before the signing of this agreement in Ankara, like Petersen, Azerbaijan, one of the potential suppliers of gas to Nabucco, arranged for the export of gas from the Russian "Gazprom". Officially gas intended for Russian consumers, but it can also be profitably resold to consumers in the EU. However, the volume of deliveries under the contract is only 500 million cubic meters of gas a year, and so his goal, rather, is to draw attention of the West, and not transfer significant amounts of gas in Russia. In fact, this warning EU Baku, Azerbaijan who wants to tell Brussels that if the EU is not properly a conduct, he may enter and a major deal with Moscow.