70 2020 russian energy strategy until 2020 russian

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Unformatted text preview: “Russian Energy Strategy until 2020” a change in the domestic energy market in favour of an increased share of coal, so that gas export commitments can be met.70 Here again there is a conflict of interests. In order to avoid internal shortages and to guarantee the sustainability of its gas exports, Russia does not intend to save energy and to modernise its energy sector, but rather to switch to another fossil energy source, which would increase CO2 emissions. This is an unacceptable strategy from the Norwegian point of view. It is true that the EU needs Russian oil and gas, but Russia also needs markets to sell its resources and, thus, has to respect the markets’ rules. 69 The Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre’s speech “About the relations between Norway and Russia and the development in Russia” (“Om forholdet mellom Norge og Russland og utviklingen i Russland”), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (Norsk Utenrikspolitisk Institutt [NUPI]), Oslo, June 18,...
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