A recent editorial in The Washington Post on Russia's refusal to deliver crude oil to Latvia's port of Ventspils represents more of a puerile, almost dogmatic attempt to analyze a thorny issue that has prevented the two neigbors from consolidating relations. In the opinion of the author, Ariel Cohen, Russia has cut off its oil supply in order to "punish the small, brave Baltic state for joining NATO and for staunchly supporting the U.S. in the war against Saddam's dictatorship." After a half-hearted attempt to analyze the situation with oil production and exports, the author, a research fel...
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