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The Hour of Truth: The Conflict in Ukraine—Implications for Europe’s Energy Security and The Lessons for The U.S. Army By Ariel Cohen et al.
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A large part of Europe, especially Eastern, Northern, Central, and South-Central Europe including the Balkans, has been dependent on Russian natural gas since the Soviet times. Little changed with... More > the breakup of the Soviet Union as Russia was no longer perceived as a strategic adversary. Moreover, Russia’s dependence on gas sales in Europe as a source of important revenue for the state-owned Gazprom was considered a guarantee against the use of gas supply as a strategic tool by Moscow. However, a dependence on the Russian energy supply resulting from a system of pipelines built back during the Cold War has increasingly proved to be a disrupting, negative factor in European energy security. This dependence already has negatively manifested itself several times throughout the region and has a potential to massively disrupt European military, economic, and humanitarian situations if a substantial and/or prolonged interruption of the gas supply occurs.< Less

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