President Donald Trump’s agreement to a Russia-Ukraine gas deal in 2017 was one of the most significant geopolitical blunders of the Trump administration.
But it also provided Russia with a valuable weapon in its quest to dominate the world gas market, and that’s what the Trump White House has repeatedly said.
The deal, which was approved in a largely ceremonial vote last month, was negotiated by President Vladimir Putin and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Yakunin, who are both senior advisers to the president.
It was signed off by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, the head of Russia’s central bank, as well as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The pact, the largest in the history of the world, is expected to supply about 80 percent of the energy consumed in the world’s biggest economy by the year 2050.
The Kremlin had long argued that the gas deal would boost Russia’s economy by helping it expand its share of global gas supplies and help it build its own gas infrastructure.
Russia, the worlds largest producer of natural gas, has been looking for ways to improve its market share.
But a deal that gave it a significant stake in a global market could pose a danger to the stability of a global system that relies on a stable supply of cheap natural gas.
That’s because Russia’s natural gas industry has suffered from a lack of foreign investment.
As a result, the industry is suffering from overcapacity, according to industry analysts.
And the Kremlin has warned that it would not allow the gas market to be controlled by a single country.
Russia and Ukraine were locked in a standoff in April, which saw the Ukrainian government and its Russian-backed allies fire more than 1,500 tons of gas from their pipelines in violation of an agreement reached in December to allow Ukraine to restart supplies.
The standoff escalated after the U.K. and other European countries imposed sanctions against Russia in retaliation for a Kremlin-backed referendum in Crimea that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
A Russian-brokered deal to buy gas from Ukraine in 2016 provided an opportunity for the U,S., EU and other partners to reduce tensions in the region and to resolve the Ukrainian crisis.
That deal came with conditions.
The EU agreed to give Ukraine about $3 billion in debt relief, including a pledge to buy Russian gas from a consortium of companies in the European Union and Russia.
But the deal came at a time when Ukraine was in the midst of an economic recession.
Ukraine also faced growing domestic pressure from the U., the EU and the U-S.
to sell off state assets in an effort to avoid sanctions.
“The U. S. and EU had the power to prevent the deal from going through.
They had to give up control over the gas system to Russia,” said Christopher Wood, an expert on the energy sector at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
The U.A.E. had previously been negotiating to sell the gas pipeline system that runs from the Black Sea to Ukraine, which is now owned by Gazprom, but that deal fell apart last month.
That was the same day that the Trump team reached an agreement with Russia that would give the Kremlin control over Ukraine’s gas supply.
But after the gas contract was signed, the U.-S.
and Ukraine agreed to a separate agreement that gave the Kremlin a much larger stake in the market.
The Trump administration has argued that Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s energy sector will help the U and other nations to counterbalance Russian influence in Europe.
“Russia has made it clear that it is willing to play a larger role in the global gas market,” said Peter Karpeles, an energy expert at the Heritage Foundation.
“That will be very good for Russia.”
The Trump White Houses contention is that the deal will help Russia expand its market dominance by increasing its share in gas supplies.
But that claim has been repeatedly questioned by international analysts.
Russia has a strong gas sector, but it has a long history of political instability, including several military coups, which have led to a decline in its economy.
“In the past, it would have been a good deal for Russia if the United States and the EU were to have been able to do something about that,” said Mark Zandi, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.
“But those days are long gone.”
Wood said that Russia has always relied on cheap gas to boost its economy, which makes it difficult for other countries to get a handle on their own energy needs.
But, he added, Russia is now getting a major boost from the deal.
“It’s the most obvious example of the kind of Russian influence that is going on in the energy market,” Wood said.
“They are going to take a lot of the political risks and they’re going to be doing a lot in terms of energy policy and regulation.”
In a statement, the Trump campaign did not deny that Russia was the driving force behind the gas deals.
“Under the Trump