Tom Esslemont, The Georgian Daily | March 2, 2009
The gas war has highlighted the urgency of building the Nabucco pipeline. ++ This is good news for Baku as its role in the energy world is likely to increase drastically: it would provide the infrastructure for transporting gas westwards. ++ Yet, the guarantee for success is not certain: Nabucco is not an antidote against energy disputes with Russia as it will also rely on gas from Central Asian countries dependent on Moscow. ++ More importantly, "if Nabucco goes ahead it will inevitably lead to a widening gap between rich and poor in the country."