Countering Moscow: Europe’s Nuclear Options

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America and Europe are struggling to find effective ways to counter Russian expansionism following the Crimea annexation. The impact of Western sanctions has been dulled by some of Russia’s strategic advantages, notably in the area of energy. While most of the focus has been on Russia’s propensity to use its natural-gas reserves to further its interests, there is an even more critical yet less understood subtext to Moscow’s energy strategy in the field of civil nuclear power. One would think that Europe would be doing everything it can to blunt this strategy. But alas, Europe is playing right into Russia’s hands.

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