The norwegian foreign minister said recently that

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Unformatted text preview: 2008, . 70 Энергетическая стратегия России на период до 2020 г. Российское газовое общество (“Russian Energy Strategy until 2020”, Russian gas company). Available on: <www.gazo.ru/dokumenty/es/index.khtml>. 54 © Ifri F. Harbo / The European Gas and Oil Market Officially, Norway and Russia have a friendly and good relationship, but the geoeconomic and geostrategic interests of both, which are well known, constitute a higher priority for each state. Norway and Russia have interests: in defending their sovereign rights; in securing the exploitation of energy resources; in securing access to markets; in securing the best possible flow of capital. All this is easier said than done. At the same time, as Godzimirski states: “Norway is not interested in coordinating its energy policy with Russia or in joining any club of energy producers in which Russia could play a major part” (Godzimirski, 2007: 14). In a centre-p...
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