IEC Electric Power Council will meet in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan will host the 60th meeting of the Electric Power Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in its capital Nur-Sultan
Kazakhstan will host the 60th meeting of the Electric Power Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in its capital Nur-Sultan today.
Representatives from member states of the bloc will meet with heads of various energy companies to discuss a range of topics from renewable energy to sustainable development. The main agenda of the meeting, however, will be gas diplomacy and the future of the energy market amid the global energy crisis, spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The CIS is an important platform for Russia to re-exercise its patronage and influence over the post-Soviet countries of Central Asia. In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, Moscow lost its grip on the organization. Therefore, it is vital for Russia’s foreign policy to bring member states on board to strengthen the bloc and form a short-term collaborative strategy. As part of this, Moscow will aim to pressure gas-rich member states, including Azerbaijan, to refrain from forging closer ties with the West and engage independently in deals. potentials that could hamper Moscow’s efforts in Ukraine and elsewhere. Thus, Russia hopes to avoid the rise of an alternative natural gas market for Europe that could eliminate its heavy dependence on Russian gas.
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