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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

PSSI Addresses First Session of UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on PAROS in Geneva

06.08.2018

On August 6, 2018, PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, delivered remarks on the current trends and developments in space security at the first session in Geneva of the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Further ... more »

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka Co-Wrote a Brief on Disinformation Spread about Ján Kuciak's Death

01.08.2018

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka co-wrote a new brief together with colleagues from the GLOBSEC Policy Institute and the Political Capital Institute that analyzes disinformation spread around the Czech Republic, ... more »

PSSI Published Report on Space Hybrid Operations

30.07.2018

On July 30, 2018, PSSI released its latest space security report, entitled “Europe’s Preparedness to Respond to Space Hybrid Operations”. The Report, and an associated Fact Sheet, (available here and here) focuses ... more »

Call for Applications: Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program

14.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program 2018/2019. The program is currently comprised of a series of lectures and interactive seminars led by distinguished senior current and former security policy ... more »

PSSI published an analysis titled "Portrayal of NATO in the Czech Media"

13.07.2018

  The analysis maps out the ways in which NATO is portrayed in the Czech media. Special attention is dedicated to the deployment of Czech soldiers to the Baltic states as a part of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence, as this issue has become ... more »

Call for Applications: Cyber Security Academy

12.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Cyber Security Academy 2018. The intensive one-week course is organized in cooperation with the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) and is scheduled to take place in Prague in ... more »