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Russia and oil have mixed impact in Caucasus

Monday, January 26, 2015


Economic turmoil in the South Caucasus.


Economic performance has been affected by two major external factors: turmoil in Russia, which remains a significant economic partner, and declining oil prices. While lower imported fuel bills are positive for Armenia and Georgia, there are second-round negative implications, through the impact on economic activity in Russia.


  • Lower oil prices will lead to some cuts on infrastructure spending in Azerbaijan but these will be limited.
  • Armenia will suffer the most from the Russian turmoil, but the positive impact of domestic factors will prevail in 2015.
  • Georgia's more diversified economic links make it more resilient to Russian shocks.

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