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Europe to substitute Iran's gas for Russia's: research

TEHRAN, Sep. 15 (ISNA)-Europe's concerns on Russian strategic position due to conflicts in Caucasus region have raised Iran's chance to export gas and oil to Europe.

Georgian forces launched an attack over South Ossetia's capital last month. Russia's army meddled quickly, drove off Georgian troops and stepped in Georgia in a five-day war which left hundreds of people and displaced some 192,000.

The presence of Russian forces inside Georgia more than a month after the end of clashes has made Georgians furious and soured ties between Russia and the West.

Meanwhile experts at the Jamestown Studies Foundation in Washington believe now its time for the EU to focus on oil access in eastern Caspian Sea and end dependence on Russian gas.

Also the experts say that gas and oil will play a major role in the US future diplomacy with Iran.

Some other specialists have warned on the political consequences of European powers' dependence on Russian energy sources.

Gas experts believe before conflicts in Caucasus, western oil companies have not discussed Russian exclusive position.

Russia is the second oil producing and exporting country after Saudi Arabia and the first gas producer in the world; moreover Europe receives Central Asia's oil and gas through Russia.

Some big European oil and gas companies including Shell and Total have declared they will take part in Iran's gas extract projects but the offer was opposed by the US.

Also the specialists describe the US strategy on Iran as a wrong one and say after the US presidential elections there will be some new approaches on oil and gas spheres.

... Payvand News - 09/15/08 ... --

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