The energy Sector is one of the principal areas where the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation between the East (Russia) and West (EU) are clear. There is therefore a need to protect this commonly accepted foundation and to further this energy cooperation. The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) was crated on the basis of these principles and is the widest reaching multilateral treaty in the energy sector. This paper critically analyses the ongoing significance of the ECT in light of the Yukos case, the largest that has ever arisen from ECT protections. The geopolitical implications of this will be analysed to evidence the necessity of ongoing EU-Russia energy cooperation.
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