Azerbaijan export pipeline issues prompt Cheney visit

09/08/2008
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin claimed that his country’s actions in recent hostilities with Georgia “did not in any way damage energy facilities”—including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan oil pipeline.Putin’s remarks came ahead of a visit by US Vice-President Dick Cheney, who will arrive in Baku Sept. 4, before heading on to Georgia, Ukraine, and an economic forum in Italy.Analysts said Cheney’s visit is intended to secure US and European energy interests in the Caspian-Central Asian region following Russia’s military incursion, which last month shut down oil and gas export routes across Georgia.During the hostilities, Georgia accused Russia of at...
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