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What was Russia's rationale for expropriation of Ukrainian Black Sea gas resources? Blog post by Maksym Bugriy

20.12.2016

In November, as part of PSSI's Economic and Financial Threat Program, a closed-door roundtable was held on Russia's oil-and gas-driven militarization of Crimea and the Black Sea, which featured NATO officials and Ukrainian energy experts among the speakers. Since July, Russia has been moving expropriated Ukrainian drill rigs that are presently the most technologically advanced in the region (namely, "Petro Hodovanets" and "Ukraine") and other energy infrastructure under armed guard into Crimean waters (now claimed by Russia), a Ukrainian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extending out 370 kilometers into the Black Sea.

For this purpose, Maksym Bugriy, Research Fellow at the Razumkov Centre (Ukraine) and non-resident analyst with the Jamestown Foundation in Washington D.C., wrote a piece titled Russia's Rationale for Expropriation of Ukrainian Black Sea Gas Resources, in which he interprets the role of the Black gas fields as an important strategic objective in planning the annexation of Crimea. He also considers the "profiteering" logic behind this move and delves into potential consequences. It is concluded that in the foreseeable future Moscow is likely to exert considerable pressure to littoral and regional states, as well as exploit the increasingly fractured transatlantic partnership, which can lead to attracting investment partners, and thus critically important technology.

You can read Mr. Bugriy's piece here

RMSSP students discussed the economic and political situation in Ukraine with journalist Ondrej Soukup

23.02.2017

On February 21, Czech journalist Ondrej Soukup delivered an opening lecture of the second semester of Robinson Martin Security Scholars Program 2016/2017. Mr. Soukup, a renowned expert on Eastern Europe from Czech daily Hospodarske noviny,  provided ... more »

Save the date: 21-22 March, 2017, CSIS - PSSI Space Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

20.02.2017

On 21-22 March, 2017, PSSI will host its next Space Security Conference, in collaboration with Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Fourth in this series, the conference is entitled "Space Security: ... more »

Energy Security Academy 2017 has just begun

13.02.2017

Today, PSSI launched its fifth one-week intensive Energy Security Academy, organized in cooperation with Masaryk University’s Centre for Energy Studies. This year’s program focuses on innovative policies and technologies advancing energy ... more »

PSSI is 6th in ranking in Central and Eastern Europe in prestigious University of Pennsylvania “2016 Global Go-To Think Tank Index“

09.02.2017

The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) is pleased to announce that it has maintaned its 6th position in global ranking in the cathegory Central and Eastern Europe (including Russia) for the second consecutive year and remains the ... more »

PSSI's Ivana Smolenova on disinformation in Eastern Europe for SFR (Switzerland's radio and TV broadcaster)

08.02.2017

PSSI's Ivana Smolenova commented on the Russian disinformation in Eastern Europe and on the fight of Czechs against it for the Swiss television SFR (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen). She focused on the high number of "Fake news" ... more »

PSSI Participated in an expert seminar on energy security in Bratislava

25.01.2017

On January 17, PSSI took part in an expert seminar in Bratislava focusing on energy security in the Visegrad region. The seminar was organised within the project "Energy Market in Central Europe - New Opportunities, New Challenges" led by the ... more »