Germany, Yukos, and Baikal
Amsterdam claims that Schröder knows who is behind the Baikal Finance Group, which in a surprise development won the bidding for Yuganskneftegas, the most important production unit of Yukos. But Germany’s energy interests with respect to Russia militate against adopting a critical position.
“Germany’s energy interests with respect to Russia”? But isn’t it only the United States that has energy interests in the region? Think again. Here is some useful background [in English!] from german-foreign-policy.com.