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Can Gazprom Really Cut Out Ukrainian Transit Post-South Stream?New Atlanticist 2015 - other articlesPublished: 9 of April, 2015

Despite an unceremonious end to the controversial South Stream mega-pipeline, Russia remains outspoken and determined in its effort to carve Ukraine entirely out of its European natural gas deliveries which accounted for 62 billion cubic meters (bcm) of Gazprom’s European-bound exports in 2014. Formally announced in 2007, South Stream had been the centerpiece of this effort. However, with its abandonment, the question becomes whether and when Russia’s state-owned Gazprom might accomplish such an ambitious objective, using alternative export pipelines and existing EU internal infrastructure. At first glance, it appears to be more rhetoric than reality.

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