05 Dec 2014

The declared end of South Stream and why nobody seems to care

Arno Behrens

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More than seven years after the South Stream pipeline project was first announced in June 2007, it finally seems to have been dropped by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on his visit to Turkey this week. This CEPS Commentary looks at the ostensible reasons for President Putin’s decision as well as on what’s potentially behind them. It concludes that the EU may actually benefit from this decision in being able to secure more gas with less political interference from Russia.

Arno Behrens is Research Fellow and Head of the Energy research unit at CEPS.