CS_Energy_RussiaUkraineEU March 2014

Russia, Ukraine & the EU: Interdependent


Russia and Ukraine play a key role not only in the energy markets but also in certain
agricultural and metal markets as suppliers and as transit countries. The West should
be able to cope with short-term supply disruptions. However, longer-lasting shortfalls
would have serious consequences and cause prices to rise sharply. Yet dependence
is not a one-way street: EU countries are the main customers for Russia’s highly
commodity-dependent export trade. It is therefore in the interest of both sides to
avoid further escalation.

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