Vladimir Putin visited Cairo on 11 December. The main effect of the visit was the signing of four contracts linked to the construction of the El Dabaa nuclear power plant.
On 30th November the Danish parliament amended the law on the continental shelf in the section which concerns consent to lay pipelines and cables in Danish territorial sea.
The Czech president Miloš Zeman had voiced the support of the Czech Republic for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
In September, three out of five members of the supervisory board of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s largest gas company, announced their resignation.
On 27 September, the legal service of the Council of the EU issued a legal opinion on the EC’s proposal to the EU Council for permission to start negotiations with Russia.
Although in the 1990s the Russian Far East was not an important region in Russian central government’s internal policy, when Vladimir Putin assumed the presidency it was declared strategically significant.
Thirteen ministers responsible for energy issues representing various EU member states – Italy, Portugal and Central and Eastern European and Scandinavian countries – took part in the discussion on the proposed mandate.
On 20th June representatives of the Croatian and Hungarian governments signed a letter of intent regarding the establishment
On 1 June, President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement signed in 2015.
The oil industry does not play a major role in the Ukrainian energy sector and has smaller economic and political significance than the gas, coal and nuclear sectors. The issues linked to the Ukrainian fuel sector are rarely given publicity in the mass media. Meanwhile, a comprehensive analysis reveals that there has been a painful and durable collapse in this strategic branch of the economy.