It is plausible to think hydrocarbon resources might be opened up by a border deal between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan but the Iranians would have plenty to say about that.
Russian state-owned Gazprom has suffered a dramatic defeat at the Stockholm arbitration court to Ukrainian national gas company Naftogaz and owes billions of dollars in fines. Its response? To start a gas war and blackmail Europe.
Ukraine has seen interest from investors rise. However, cash has been harder to come by than warm words. Too many investors have come and gone without actually bringing any money, but GE has just promised to invest $1bn into locomotive construction
Moscow, like Riyadh, should lay the foundations of a post-oil future while the energy markets give it room to work.
The Audit Chamber chief has warned that international auditors in Moscow are a danger to national security. Her real motive is getting more tax revenues.