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Russia-Ukraine Gas War: Europe’s Winter of Discontent

Posted by seumasach on January 21, 2009

Eric Wallberg

Global Research

20th January, 2009

More tricks and hot air from across the Atlantic leave Europeans in the cold

A hurried resolution to the Ukraine-Russia gas war was reached during a visit to Moscow by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko to meet with her Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin this week. Ukraine finally agreed to pay higher European prices for Russian gas from 2010, after a 20 per cent discount in 2009.

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More battles ahead in Russia’s ‘gas war’

Posted by seumasach on January 19, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

17th January, 2009

The cause of any war is difficult to pinpoint. There is always more than one cause. And they could be just causes or ugly causes. There is no objective criterion except that the right cause is constructive while the wrong one is destructive, but then, people define by their standards.

Of course, there is a time for all wars. Finally, there is the problem of war. The same god who sanctioned so much war and violence in the Old Testament bursts into the human situation in the New Testament with a huge promise of hope, forgiveness and reconciliation. We call this “grace”.

By these reckonings, Russia’s 13-day “gas war” with Ukraine (from January 1 to January13) was largely atypical. True, its causes were not in any serious dispute, but its timing was simply awful, right in the middle of Orthodox Christmas. Russia has a problem with “grace” and could take a lesson or two from China on how to reconcile contradictions involving neighbors. Russia’s image surely took a beating in the Western media, which eagerly puffed up the controversy.

Unsurprisingly, the ubiquitous Americans promptly put on their trans-Atlantic leadership mantle and appeared on the scene to finger-point at the unreliable, unscrupulous, venal Russian “bullies”. Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute came up with a most ingenious thesis that actually the Russians were conspiring to make Ukraine a corrupt country, destabilize it and make it unsafe for democracy.

But it was most certainly a war and the Russians likely won, as Old Europe did not take the cue from Washington. The win remains indeterminate, though. That is because it has been ultimately about geopolitics, where you don’t conclusively win and can only avoid losing, and as China’s People’s Daily newspaper noted, Russia cannot turn a blind eye towards “NATO’s [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] greedy expansion” and the dispute between the United States and Russia will only become “more and more intense”.
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Russia to open a ‘second front’ in gas war

Posted by seumasach on January 17, 2009

“Timoshenko said the priority task for Ukraine was to resume gas transit to Europe to avoid further deterioration of the country’s image as well possible destruction of the pipeline system.

She also blamed corrupt political forces in Ukraine for disrupting gas negotiations between Kiev and Moscow.”

Russia Today

17th January, 2009

Russia and its partners are reaching agreements that may finally unblock gas supplies to Europe. At the same time Moscow is also forging ahead with planned pipeline routes that will bypass Ukraine.

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Ukraine blocks gas after Russia turns taps on

Posted by seumasach on January 14, 2009

Whereas in the war for “democracy” against Nazism you just couldn’t get the US to open a second front, now they’re opening a new one every day.


13th January, 2009

A spokesman for Ukraine’s state gas company Naftogaz said that it had blocked the transit of gas to Europe after it was turned back on because of “unacceptable transit conditions” imposed by the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

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