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The central hypothesis is that, whilst import-dependent states under left-wing governments seek to cooperate with the already dominant supplier (Gazprom), right-wing governments are more likely to prioritise energy security–boosting measures, such as new contracts and infrastructure initiatives undertaken with non-Russian suppliers. Because of this, right-wing governments can be shown to have pursued diversification measures in contracts with new suppliers, and also to have proceeded with infrastructure development plans linking their markets with new production centres. Left-wing governments can likewise be shown to have pursued new contracts with Gazprom instead of new suppliers.
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