President Putin is the one to keep a close eye on, he continues to use Russian energy (most notably natural gas) as a political weapon to regain influence throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Notice how he’s stringently opposed to sanctioning Iran!
Putin (a throwback to soviet hardliners) continues to use sledgehammer diplomacy as he did with Ukraine to gobble up all of the natural gas fields he can get his hands on.
Not a true ally in my view!
I would be interested to know to what extent Putin has exerted his influence (behind the scenes) in the deals between India and Pakistan and the development of a natural gas pipeline! India optimistic about IPI gas pipeline: Deora
Watch for more on Putin and natural gas in the coming months and years. I think Dick Morris is on this story as well.