Saturday, January 17, 2009

European Worries About Reliance on Russian Energy Were Already High

January 15, 2009
Pew Global Attitudes Project

As Russian and Ukrainian leaders squabbled over gas supplies in late 2008 and early 2009, Eastern Europeans farther down the pipeline went without heat.

Both Eastern and Western Europeans are vulnerable to these disputes because they rely heavily on Russian gas supplies, most of which are pumped through Ukraine.

Not surprisingly, the Pew Global Attitudes poll found that majorities in a number of European nations were concerned about their country's reliance on Russian energy.

Just as public concern about energy dependence has become widespread, so too have unfavorable views of Russia and current Prime Minister Putin.

And surveys show a clear linkage between concern about energy dependence and unfavorable views of Russia.

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