It is inevitable. Europe, as big as it is, has far too any small nations in between the big players (German/France and Russia), and they are not wealthy states either. There has been issues of gas/oil supply because the smaller states (I am looking at you Ukraine) would siphon off some of the resources (blatantly stole) and or other ones step in the way of good deals because they are still upset about the "fall of the Polish empire" or "formerly ruled by Russia" so they always have to "stick it to the man" at any given chance. In so, Russia loses quite a bit of opportunities with Europe and are being forever pushed into the South East Asian hands rather than European hands (even though Russian's are more European than they are Asian).
China, even with all these articles popping up in the west (total bulldung BTW) about how Russia and China are always preparing for a war between each other, is a FAR better investor in anything Russian than Europe. Europe may sell certain equipment to Russia and even open up some facilities in Russia, but China has huge investments in Russia and a lot of Co-developed industries, thus it only makes sense that China would also get into lucrative deals for resources with Russia too.
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Polar Thaw Opens Shortcut for Russian Natural Gas
Makes a Nice Read
Siberia and the Far East as a path to Russian globalization
I remember a while ago about talk about moving the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and I got thinking: "why not move it to Siberia?" Because first off, Siberia is more "center" of the country, as well, with the main federal offices being in Siberia, they would end up pushing huge amounts of investments in infrastructure development just to have all the lucrative and fancy facilities that politicians need. That would really push development fast, and create a third Moscow (After Moscow itself, and St. Petersburg). The future for Russia is Siberia, as Siberia is huge for technological development and resources. Tomsk and Irkutsk are the countries two most highly technical cities next to of course Moscow and St. Petersburg, and they have already a functioning technoparks (compared to semi-functional and over budget Skolkovo) and strong universities with highly skilled people being churned out. As well, a lot of development in things like cement and oil/gas. Only problem is, that location in Russia is highly underdeveloped in nearly everywhere else in terms of transportation and in order to increase money flow, they need to really connect the towns/cities/villages, and if main federal HQ is located there, then they would put more emphasis on building that connection. Cause it seems that anything not under the federal watch, is usually under developed.