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STRATEGIC FORUM WORKSHOP # 7:

Russian Interests, Options and Intentions for the Previously Disputed Area and Beyond

FNI, Lysaker (Oslo), 28 September 2010


This Strategic Forum is devoted to the groundbreaking delimitation agreement in the Barents Sea. The delimitation can be of fundamental importance to Norway’s relations with Russia, Norwegian actors and also Norwegian petroleum policy.

The RussCasp team has therefore chosen to make a joint study for this forum to identify what agendas may lay behind Russia’s sudden endorsement of the deal, and what implications the agreement can have for Russian offshore activity in the Barents Sea.

President Medvedev has in general focused on the need to solve outstanding border disputes, but the delimitation agreement sets a new stage for Norwegian-Russian Barents E&P. Is Russia opening up for more cooperation to speed offshore development? What are the potential timeline effects of the deal, and will Norwegian Petroleum policy have to turn from proactive to responsive?

The RussCasp Delimitation Report will not provide final answers to all these questions, but hopefully provide challenging insights fuelling interesting discussions.



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