Azerbaijan Signs New Gas Deals With Europe, Snubs Russia

Azerbaijan signed contracts on Thursday to supply European buyers with gas, offering an alternative supply source to Russia towards the end of the decade.

Moscow has increased its diplomatic efforts to bring oil- and gas-rich Azerbaijan closer to its orbit as Russian President Vladimir Putin has been keen to restore influence over former Soviet republics.

However, his trip to Azerbaijan last month yielded few results, dashing Moscow’s hopes of challenging the dominance of Western energy …

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