Russian-Lithuanian energy relations since 2014: Russia's use of its energy weapon after the Baltic country gained 'independence'

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Russian-Lithuanian energy relations since 2014: Russia's use of its energy weapon after the Baltic country gained 'independence'

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Russian-Lithuanian energy relations since 2014: Russia's use of its energy weapon after the Baltic country gained 'independence'
Author: van der Galiën, Anna
Issue Date: 2018-07-01
Keywords: Russia
Lithuania
energy
energy independence
energy weapon
Abstract: Lithuania gained more energy independence from Russia after building the Floating Storage Regasification Unit Independence (FSRU Independence) in Klaipėda in 2014. Diversification meant that Lithuania being solely reliant on Russian energy changed and therefore, possibly Russia’s foreign energy policy towards Lithuania as well. This could indicate that Russia might not have used its well-known energy weapon in Lithuania’s domestic energy politics after 2014. This study therefore has as research question: What elements of Russia’s foreign energy policy has Russia used with regard to Lithuania’s domestic energy politics since 2014? The research argues that Russia has not effectively or not at all resorted to using elements of its foreign energy policy with regard to Lithuania’s domestic energy politics after 2014. Russia rather has attempted to reduce Lithuania’s larger leverage over Russia than Russia had on Lithuania in the last few years. Clearly, the identified elements of Russia’s foreign energy policy were not applicable after Lithuania’s diversification of energy and therefore, Russia should probably resort to new foreign policy tools in the future in case if it is willing to influence Lithuania’s domestic energy politics again.
Supervisor: Frear, Dr. M.J.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Russian Studies (Bachelor)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/64849
 

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