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The Russian Discourse on Energy Relations with the EU in the Period 2004–2014


This article explores the energy relations of the Russian Federation with the
European Union in the period 2004–2014, during which took place a
number of key events that had a profound influence on contemporary
energy relations between Russia and the EU, which were damaged by the
crisis in Ukraine. The focus is, however, not on the technical and institutional
aspects of the relationship, but rather on the discursive formations that
determine the prevailing interpretation of the relationship by both parties.
This article tries to identify its most salient discursive formations, which
respectively center around three concepts: 1) integration, 2) liberalization,
and 3) diversification. Building on a detailed thematic analysis of 546
statements and documents produced by Russian policymakers and central
authorities, the article focuses on a) the common and the differing aspects
of the three concepts, and b) their major themes.


Russian Federation, thematic analysis, energy, critical constructivism, European Union

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Author Biography

Lukáš Tichý

Lukáš Tichý born in 1982, he received a Master’s degree in European Studies and Public
Administration and another Master’s degree in International Relations and
European Studies at Metropolitan University Prague, where he currently
lectures. Since 2014, he has been working as a researcher at the Institute of
International Relations Prague, where he deals with the issue of the
relations between the EU and Russia, energy security, security and the
strategic culture of Russia and theories of international relations. He has
published numerous articles in domestic and foreign journals, conference
proceedings and monographs.