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26 March 2017 03:25 (South Africa)

Gas exports could be new way to settle old scores?

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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A three-way war of words between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia may be more than just a lot of air. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has criticised Turkish ideas for trade in natural-gas (and by implication the recent Turkish-Armenian rapprochement), indicating Azerbaijan may seek other ways to export its plentiful natural gas supplies. Azerbaijan has criticised Turkey for its deal with Armenia to open their border, arguing that there should be no reconciliation between those two traditional enemies until Azerbaijan’s own dispute with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh, a territory held by Armenians since it was captured in a war in the early 1990s, is settled. Aliyev’s comments were obviously intended to send a message to his country's traditional ally against the Armenians. And to goad things along just a bit, he added that Azerbaijan plans to export gas to Russia next year, and may even export some to Iran in the future. The knock-on effect may well make it tougher for EU nations to diversify their sources of supply - and reduce dependence on Russian gas – via a pipeline from the Caspian Sea basin through Turkey to Europe.

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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