Without a Political Solution, the Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute Exemplifies Energy Disruptions Impacting European and Global Energy Security
Krull Corp.’s President Dr. Alexander Mirtchev, in an interview with Energy and Environment Television, analyzes the tilt in international energy security balances in the context of the transformational geopolitical and geo-economic changes after the end of the Cold War. A point of note that underscores the significance of these changes that in confluence could be considered as representing a post-Cold War paradigm shift is the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute. Mirtchev believes that it is not realistic to expect that energy suppliers like Russia would readily give up the geopolitical competitive advantage endowed by controlling energy resources. The effect of utilizing this advantage is further exacerbated by the lack of a coordinated strategy and approach by the consumer countries. As evidenced by the Russia-Ukraine natural gas supply dispute, the weak position of a divided Europe has not changed, despite the realization by the EU consumer countries that they will continue to face recurring energy disruptions. Mirtchev argues that the impetus to utilize “natural resource” power to secure an enhanced geopolitical position by exporters impacts the foreign policy decisions of European nations and the U.S. Administration, in particular.