February, 2016 Caucasus - Central Asia

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (right) meets with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Jan. 20 in Davos to discuss the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, economic cooperation and other regional issues. Turkey receives 6 billion cubic meters of gas from Azerbaijan annually - about 75 percent of the Caucasus country’s annual exports. (Photo: Turkish Presidential Press Service)

 by Dorian Jones and Durna Safarova 

With Russian-Turkish relations bottoming out after Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet last November, Ankara is scrambling to reduce its dependency on Russian gas. But the help it needs from post-Soviet energy producers may not be swift in coming.

Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 13 Issue
By: Paul Goble

Because Vladimir Putin has made the presence of ethnic Russians in other countries so central to his efforts to expand Moscow’s influence, their departure from any region or country means far more now than it did a decade ago. Nowhere has their exit been more massive—and, consequently, the influence of ethnic Russians on local governments more reduced—than in Central Asia, where they are now half as numerous as they were a generation ago. And because the titular nationalities there have been growing rapidly, the share of ethnic Russians in the population of these five countries has fallen even more.