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Dmitry Medvedev was sworn in as Russia’s new President this week. Anxieties that a resurgent Russia could cut supplies of gas to Europe have provoked talk of another Cold War. But Andreas Goldthau, of the RAND Corporation, believes energy is useless to Moscow as a foreign policy instrument. (SPRING 2008) 

“At the end of the day, the crucial issue in Europe’s energy supply picture is not Russian power politics but dry economics. There is a perceptible investment gap in the Russian gas sector that is likely to cause a supply gap for European households. The policy recommendation for Europe is therefore simple and straight forward: put a stop to all the philosophical debates about Russia’s gas weapon and instead initiate serious talks with Moscow on measures to stabilise production and prevent further irritations among the transit routes.” 

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