Russia Shifts Eastward: China Gas Sales & Pipelines Construction

January 2017, Vol. 244, No. 1

By Hubert H. Reineberg, Contributing Writer, Chandler, AZ

The Russian Federation (RF) stretches from Belarus in the West to Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast. The country is endowed with vast amounts of gas, oil and other natural resources. The RF’s entire population is about 144 million which is less than half of what it was under Soviet rule. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Moscow focused primarily on selling natural gas and crude oil to Western Europe. Energy prices were favorable which allowed Moscow to fund its newly created welfare state and the modernization of the country’s armed forces. However, to guard…

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