Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipe line - Sami Siva
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August 2011, Georgian - Azeri border

Oil train transporting oil from Baku to the Georgian Black Sea terminal of Batumi.  Until the construction of the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline this was one of the only ways to export Azeri oil to world markets without going through Russia.

Since it became operational in 2006 the BTC has allowed Azerbaijan to export its oil to world markets through Georgia and Turkey, thus avoiding Russia.  It has given Azerbaijan a greater sense of independence and a new role for Georgia in Europe's energy security to the annoyance of Russia.  Some blame the BTC for Russia's alleged continued covert involvement in regional latent conflicts (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno Karabakh).

August 2011, Georgian - Azeri border

Oil train transporting oil from Baku to the Georgian Black Sea terminal of Batumi. Until the construction of the Baku Tbilisi Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline this was one of the only ways to export Azeri oil to world markets without going through Russia.

Since it became operational in 2006 the BTC has allowed Azerbaijan to export its oil to world markets through Georgia and Turkey, thus avoiding Russia. It has given Azerbaijan a greater sense of independence and a new role for Georgia in Europe's energy security to the annoyance of Russia. Some blame the BTC for Russia's alleged continued covert involvement in regional latent conflicts (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno Karabakh).

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