August 2011- Bakuriani, Georgia
Georgian special services personnel who guard the BTC pipe seen at one of their posts near Bakuriani
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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