What’s Next After Russia Cuts Off Gas to Poland and Bulgaria?
We begin with Russia’s cut off of gas to Poland and Bulgaria and examine the possibility of further disruptions of supplies to the energy-dependent European countries reliant on Russian oil and gas. Joining us from the U.K. is Jonathan Stern, distinguished research fellow and the founder of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies’ Natural Gas Research Program. He is Honorary Professor at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy, University of Dundee and since 2011 has been the EU speaker for the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council. The author of several books, the most recent of which is The Pricing of Internationally Traded Gas, we discuss what alternative supplies might come from the Eastern Mediterranean and Algeria and why oil and gas from Russia continues to flow across Ukraine in the middle of a war where pipelines are easy targets.
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Is Putin About to Expand the War Into Moldova?
Then finally we look into the possibility Putin wants to expand the war into Moldova following bombings that Zelensky claims are FSB provocations in false flag operations. Joining us is an expert on Moldova, Jonathan Katz, the director of Democracy Initiatives and a senior fellow with The German Marshall Fund of the United States. From 2014-2017, he was the deputy assistant administrator in the Europe and Eurasia bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development and prior to that served as the staff director of the Europe Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and as a senior advisor to the assistant secretary in the International Organization Affairs Bureau at the U.S. Department of State.