Vladimir Putin is in Croatia for talks on energy. The Russian president is attending a summit in Zagreb dedicated to finding ways to improve energy cooperation in southeast Asia. He will try to convince leaders from 10 Balkan countries that Russia is a fuel supplier that can be relied on.
The summit was called by Croatia’s president, with speculation that his region could become an important oil and gas transit hub. The European Union is also represented at the meeting, with interest in seeing how supplies can be diversified. No specific pipelines or deals are being discussed, but everyone is getting their message across.
Putin said: “The question of fuel supplies has today become very important in terms of world politics and economics. The strategic aim of our work is to make sure there’s easy access and a guarantee that countries in the region can have these resources.”
The summit brings together leaders from Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania. While energy cooperation is the main talking point, other political issues are likely to come up, including the plan for Kosovo to be given independence.