Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Saturday that he wanted Russia to serve as a transit route for his country to begin selling gas to Europe, a proposal that could please Western policymakers who have been looking to diversify their energy supplies.
Maybe he was trying to please too many people at the same time. No way is gas transiting via Russia going to be an attractive alternative to Russian gas going via Russia, which is what the EU is looking for.
Unless of course Russia suddenly decides to implement the Energy Charter Treaty and/or allow third party access to the transit pipelines in accordance with EU directives. Doesn't sound like a scenario that would stop the EU trying to diversify.