Newly arrived pipes for the construction of the future Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.
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The West and Russia are battling for control of the transport of natural gas through the Balkans, as both sides pursue their geopolitical agenda in the volatile region.While the West can offer Balkan countries incentives such as the prospect of membership of the European Union or investment locally, Russia can play the energy card.Without gas pipelines, it cannot supply most of the countries in the region, Less said.The competing interests of the West and Russia in the Balkans gas market only serve to increase the geostrategic importance of the entire region.A number of gas transmission projects that will ultimately reduce the region's energy dependence on Russia are underway.The West is pushing for a way to reach the Caucasus, and one day perhaps even tap into Caspian or Middle Eastern gas, while circumventing Russian territory, he said.Along with a planned liquefied natural gas terminal on the northern Croatian island of Krk, partly financed by EU, it would create strong competition between the West and Russia.
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