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Russia-Belarus: more than gas


The eleventh-hour Russia-Belarus gas deal on 31 December removed a new shadow over the security of European gas supplies following the similar row with Ukraine a year ago. International political reaction and media commentary concentrated - understandably - on that angle. But there is also an important political dimension to this episode which stretches well beyond standard commentary on Russian 'bullying'.

By forcing this settlement - involving near-standard FSU terms,...

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