An academic study of an important dimension of the Soviet Union's relationship with its east European COMECON allies. Reisinger offers facts and figures to prove that Moscow integrated its external energy trade with eastern Europe into its foreign policy in pursuit of political objectives. The argument has an important premise: that Soviet relations with eastern Europe are better understood as a species of alliance relations among unequal parties than as a matter of imperial diktat. He then uses existing theory to show how each side went about getting from the alliance what it wanted. On the Soviet side he finds the strongest link to be between the flow of Soviet energy sources to an east European ally and the flow of that ally's resources into defense spending.
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