Already, Russia commands about 38.7% of Europe’s natural gas market, but it has been hard at work extending its economic influence in Europe and Asia. With almost 60% of Russia’s exports from natural gas, Vladimir Putin is taking steps to ensure that the cost of enforcing economic sanctions on his nation will hurt the sanctioning countries more than Russia itself.

In April, The Moscow Times reported that Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned gas business, purchased Kyrgyzgaz. The deal gives Russia a place in the Turkmenistan-China natural gas pipeline...


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