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Heritage Foundation panel discusses Russia's growing influence on energy issues

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said energy security will be a top priority at the Group of Eight Summit in Russia this summer. But some foreign officials are concerned that Russia is using its oil and gas assets as a political weapon against energy-dependent nations. Today's E&ETV Event Coverage features experts discussing this issue at a Heritage Foundation event earlier this month, with remarks from Dr. Margarita Balmaceda of Harvard University, Dr. Stephen Blank of the U.S. Army War College, Dr. Ariel Cohen of the Heritage Foundation, Adnan Vatansever of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security and Andrew Kuchins of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.