Why the Baltic States might have finally separated with long counterpart: Russia!
Throughout the development of the Soviet Union, Russia, the dominant leader of the USSR, held many republics in their control. Over time this alliance created dependencies upon Russian natural gas and resources, during their alliance. Following the descent of Russian leadership, the dependence upon Russian resources. Resources such as their past oil and coal exports. In recent years their increase in natural gas production has gained the public interest of the newly established democratic ideologies of the Baltic Region. The European Union has increased support of some Baltic States. Creating an increase in the want for clean resources like natural gas, which Russia hold in mass. Countries in the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe have become somewhat reliant upon these resources, decades after the succession of the Cold War, when the USSR fell. The result of the disengagement between Westernized domination and Russia is an increase in clean energy. Russia; however, has remained in the Baltic Region for years, throughout the controversial disagreements with the EU. Russia’s need for exportation dependence has kept their names in picture for the Balkan peninsula.
The Russian aspiration in the region was to bring monetary gain through greater distribution of natural gases, stretching through the Balkans in order to create pivotal connections with Western European countries. Their goals were to strategically supply the Western countries with Russian oil, running through the Black sea. Thus, taking the Balkan route towards EU dominated states. Through the South Stream pipeline the Russian gas giant, Gazprom, would supply Western Europe with natural gas, but would intentionally evade the Ukrainian path. The European Union would release numerous sanctions against Russia, aiming to lessen Europe’s overall consumption and dependency upon Russian natural gas. The sanctions expounded upon the gas production/exportation of Gazprom Neft and Rosneft oil groups’. Resulting in a staggering decline in oil dependencies after 2012. While sanctions against Russia passed, Moscow knew their admittance in the region was nearly gone, wiping out many of their hopes and aspirations of fueling the regions along the pipeline. The shunning natural of the EU sanctions caused Russia to increase their interest in economically advancing regions.
Aside from the everlasting hope of fueling the great powers of Southern Europe being cancelled in the most recent South Stream pipeline, Russia remains intent upon exporting their oil with a worldly power. Russia’s relationship with America has been devalued since the end the Obama administration, turning Russia to one of their only other global actors. The Middle East and their investments in the oil and natural gas industry, as well as their weapons trade interest.The region has gained global importance due to the surmounting amounts of oil harvested from countries, like: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, and Syria. Russia’s surplus in the Nuclear arms industry can become profitable in Middle Eastern weapon sales, as many countries throughout the globe shy away from selling nuclear technology to the militia dominated region and surrounding ISIS combatants.
Russian cancellation of the South Stream pipeline has shifted their focus towards the Middle East, where they have the opportunity to team up with countries of mass oil production, similar to themselves. Saudi Arabia for one, has sought joint-stock with Russia. The Saudi-Russian energy projects have brought more important global supply to the table, as the two oil-rich nations have looked to influence a price hike and a cut in global oil supply in their recent joint investment. Their combined oil production accounts for 20% of the world’s oil production and could have a lasting impact on global oil supplies. Also Putin has revealed his intentions to create a nuclear industry in Turkey. The two state’s are inclined to starting the nuclear power industry in Turkey, creating another regional compliant with Moscow.
The socio-economic ties between Russia and the Middle Eastern region has raised eyebrows. America has engaged in large investments in the region as well. Julia Ioffe, in her journal article What Putin Really Wants, tells of a Russian educator’s remarks concerning America, “He pointed out that the United States, by its own admission, had spent $5 billion in Ukraine to promote democracy — that is, to expand the liberal Western order.” Since Trump’s inauguration, he has made his presence known on the Russian campaign with Syria and others. He has even taken the situation to the social media platform, as many might know, in his attempt to notify the public about the situation. Notable comments were proclaimed through President Trump’s Twitter account, touching on the seemingly ethically immoral relationship between Russia and Syria. Their increased arms trade has once again established Russia in opposition to the American military.
The overall gist of the situation with the European Union, the United States and other westernized state’s against Russian economic expansion has created a split once again in worldly powers. Westernized societies, which happen to exhibit liberal ideologies, contrast the policy-based hostility Russia and Middle Eastern governments display. Following Russia’s exoneration from the Balkan Region, via the South Stream pipeline, they have been limited economic advancements into the democratized world. The ethical nature of being a peaceful world power has shown tremendous importance according to the EU and United States. Without Russia being accepted through the eyes of the Western Power’s they cannot generate enough momentum to establish a stronger, more prolonged connection between Europe. The turmoil surrounding the Middle East can be traced back to the early 2000’s, and the ensuing political divide and military imposition into the region has harvested supreme bias against Middle Eastern countries. The United States will never forget the tragedies of 9/11 and have yet to withdraw theirselves from the region. America’s political hegemony and ties with European Union state’s has shown bias towards Russia, it has increased during Putin’s term. The negative connotation around the Middle East and Russia has drawn them closer, into economic companions, utterly due to the shunning from Western Society.