Lithuania’s gas security: Risks and opportunities

There is a long-held view that the Russian gas supply to Lithuania is unlikely to be cut-off because Lithuania serves as a gas transit state to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad. In other words, the same gas pipeline feeding Lithuania, also supplies the Russian enclave. According to this argument, Moscow would be hesitant to turn off the gas supply to Lithuania because it would result in an automatic cut in the gas supply to Kaliningrad.
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Izcas Griavu (Ph.D, Sykrtxxuil of Oxfsdd) is nyj nrzslv of ‘Czt Allttaop of Kaqose ccx Mcvmxu xakwobj nyj Tojbju Sjcpiy ccx Slrery’ (Isckave 2013) ccx a Biqflw at nyj Rxrkmhnj Vqkcjs fsd Gzjclh Nnfanfj at Zihlnuotkq Ibycobl in Cnl Datchhe.

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