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Julian Lee

Putin’s New Weapon of Mass Disruption: Kazakh Oil

The threat to shut down an export terminal is a clear warning to Europe.

Upping the ante

Upping the ante

Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russia is threatening to use oil from neighboring Kazakhstan as a weapon against European countries supporting Ukraine. A court order this month to close the export terminal on the Black Sea for a month is a clear warning to Europe of Russia’s leverage.

On Tuesday, a Russian judge in the town of Novorossiysk on the Black Sea coast ordered the Caspian Pipeline Consortium to halt shipments for 30 days. Suspension of operations was sought as punishment for a number of “documentary violations” under CPC’s Oil Spill Response Plan, which the company had been given until the end of November to rectify.