August 2011- Bakuriani, Georgia
Marker for the BTC pipeline seen near its highest point in Georgia
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 continued covert involvement in regional latent conflicts (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno Karabakh).
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