Russian energy diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD student in International Relations, University of Guilan

2 Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Guilan

3 Professor of International Relations, University of Tehran


Due to its importance in the economic, security and political equations of the world, Asia-Pacific has increasingly become the focus of world powers. Therefore, the Russian Federation seeks to develop its level of influence and influence in the region by using various sources of power, including energy leverage, to establish itself as a global superpower. The growing need for energy in the region has made Russia one of the most serious options for supplying energy to Russia, which enjoys huge reserves and geographic proximity. Accordingly, the present paper examines the aims and areas of Moscow's energy diplomacy in Asia-Pacific by examining the role of Russian energy diplomacy in its foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. The paper assumes that Russia views energy as a platform for expanding integration with the region to other areas as well as economic development in the Far East and using energy diplomacy to try to balance the West. Russia's security challenges in its eastern region are one of Moscow's most serious incentives to attract investment and economic development in the region, which is possible through the use of energy leverage. The findings show that while Moscow's success has been successful, it is still far from reaching the ideal conditions because of its political challenge to the United States and divergence in some of its security equations with China.



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