The Russian Discourse on Energy Relations with the EU in the Period 2004–2014

  • Lukáš Tichý
Keywords: Russian Federation, thematic analysis, energy, critical constructivism, European Union


This article explores the energy relations of the Russian Federation with the European Union in the period 2004–2014, during which took place a number of key events that had a profound influence on contemporary energy relations between Russia and the EU, which were damaged by the crisis in Ukraine. The focus is, however, not on the technical and institutional aspects of the relationship, but rather on the discursive formations that determine the prevailing interpretation of the relationship by both parties. This article tries to identify its most salient discursive formations, which respectively center around three concepts: 1) integration, 2) liberalization, and 3) diversification. Building on a detailed thematic analysis of 546 statements and documents produced by Russian policymakers and central authorities, the article focuses on a) the common and the differing aspects of the three concepts, and b) their major themes.

Author Biography

Lukáš Tichý
born in 1982, he received a Master’s degree in European Studies and Public Administration and another Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies at Metropolitan University Prague, where he currently lectures. Since 2014, he has been working as a researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, where he deals with the issue of the relations between the EU and Russia, energy security, security and the strategic culture of Russia and theories of international relations. He has published numerous articles in domestic and foreign journals, conference proceedings and monographs.