Gazprom Monitor Annual Review 2014
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Given the complexities and present-day dynamics of the Eurasian gas markets, we at the European Geopolitical Forum felt it necessary to provide, in addition to the monthly Gazprom Monitor reports, a high-level yearly summary. We feel the additional perspective and analysis made possible through this extended format will be invaluable for policymakers, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders. As with our monthly Gazprom Monitor, this Annual Review will focus on Gazprom's external activities, with particular reference to the EU gas market, the Nord Stream and South Stream export pipelines, Gazprom's relations with Naftogaz Ukraine in the context of Russia-Ukraine relations, and the competition Gazprom faces regarding Russia's LNG exports. We also provide analysis on the "eastern dimension" of Gazprom's business. The report briefly summarises developments prior to mid-2013 as background information and then provides more detail on developments taking place during the last 12 months. In doing so, this Annual Review assumes no prior knowledge on behalf of the reader. From next year, such background information will be less necessary, as readers will be able to refer back to the previous year's Annual Review. While this voluminous work can be read in its entirety, the report is also structured in a manner where the reader may choose to delve into the individual sub-sections of the report on their own, as highlighted in the table of contents on the following page. Finally, it should be added that the information and analysis provided in this report is predominantly the work of the author, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the European Geopolitical Forum as an organisation.