Russian Oil Shutoff Raises Concerns In E.U.

Law360, New York (January 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A bitter fuel subsidy dispute between Russia and Belarus has disrupted oil deliveries in Europe, calling into question the legality of Moscow’s aggressive energy diplomacy and exacerbating Europe’s concerns about its dependence on Russian oil.

The Kremlin suddenly suspended crude exports through Belarus on Monday, leading to an abrupt halt in deliveries to Germany and Poland, and drastically reduced runs to the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Russia, the world’s second largest oil exporter, said it was retaliating against Belarus for illegally siphoning 79,000 tons of...
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