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Pro-Russia protest against US frigate in Sevastopol

March 25, 2009

Pro-Russia protesters cried “NATO out” Wednesday as a US naval frigate arrived in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol, where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is also based.

The USS Klakring docked at 0630 GMT, as about 250 largely communist and far-left demonstrators also shouted “Yankee go home!”

The frigate is in port for a five-day “friendly visit” and will not take part in any exercises, a Ukrainian navy statement said.

It is feared that Sevastopol in the Crimea, where the Russian fleet has maintained a presence for over 200 years, could become a flashpoint in strained relations between Russia and the West.

Russia signed a 20-year contract with Ukraine in 1997 to station its fleet in the Black Sea and makes an annual payment of 12 million dollars (nine million euros) to Kiev for the privilege.

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Activists from the Ukrainian Communist Party and Russian Bloc protest as the USS Klakring sails into Sevastopol. The pro-Russia protesters cried “NATO out” as the US warship arrived in the Ukrainian port — where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.(AFP/Vasiliy Batanov)

Russia and Ukraine Reach Deal on Gas, Europe Sceptical

January 19, 2009

The prime ministers of Russia and Ukraine agreed Sunday to resolve their gas dispute, with an understanding that prices would be pegged to the price of oil, but with a discount for 2009 that means Ukraine could pay little more than it did last year.

By Andrew Kramer
The New York Times

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Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) and his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko meet for talks in Moscow early January 18, 2009.(Alexander Prokopenko/Pool/Reuters)
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The deal, expected to be signed Monday, came after a din of criticism from officials in Europe, where more than 20 countries have been affected since a Jan. 6 cutoff of natural gas and at least 12 people have frozen to death in a dispute that is ostensibly over prices and transit fees, but that is also deeply entwined in post-Soviet politics.

If the agreement holds — and previous deals have not — the gas dispute would essentially end where it started in terms of prices, in what would be a baffling result considering the hardship caused by the embargo. It was unclear after the announcement when gas would start flowing back to Europe.

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Europe Not Sure if Russian – Ukraine Gas Agreement Can Be Trusted

MOSCOW, (AFP) – Russia and Ukraine were set to finalise a deal on Monday to get natural gas flowing again, but the European Union remained sceptical about an imminent end to its worst-ever gas crisis.

Millions of Europeans have been left shivering without heat in winter after gas supplies were turned off due to a bitter dispute between the two ex-Soviet neighbours.

The details of an accord reached by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko on Sunday were to be worked out by the two countries’ state gas companies, Gazprom and Naftogaz.

In a joint appearance Sunday to announce their agreement after marathon late-night talks, Putin said gas flows to Europe would resume “shortly” while Tymoshenko said the two companies had until Monday to draw up the agreements.

A spokeswoman for Tymoshenko said she intended to return to Moscow on Monday for the signing ceremony.

The EU cautiously welcomed Sunday’s agreement but said the real test was whether gas would start flowing again.

“We welcome the announcement of a political accord, but we are quite cautious because there have been too many broken accords and promises not kept,” a spokesman for the Czech presidency of the EU said in a statement.

In televised comments, Czech Industry Minister Martin Riman said he was only “slightly optimistic” about the deal.

“If the deliveries don’t resume despite such strong declarations by the Russian and Ukrainian prime ministers, there will be a total crash in the confidence of EU consumers, citizens and the enterprise,” he added.

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Russia, Ukraine reach gas deal; Europe still waits

January 18, 2009

Ukraine is pro-West and pro-U.S.  Russia wants its own Kremlin empire to remain in power.  The victims have been Europeans.  But maybe also Russian credibility….

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Russia and Ukraine announced a deal Sunday to end the bitter dispute that has blocked Russian natural gas from Europe for nearly two weeks and deeply shaken Europeans’ trust in the two as reliable energy suppliers.

The early morning agreement between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Yulia Tymoshenko came after intense negotiations.

By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press Writer

Still, relief for millions of frustrated consumers and businesses could be days away. The deal on 2009 gas prices is not likely to be finalized until at least Monday, when Tymoshenko returns to Moscow. If Russia turns on the taps immediately after the signing, it could take another day for the gas to travel hundreds of miles through Ukrainian pipelines to eastern Europe.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, greets Ukrainian ... 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right, greets Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who is in Moscow for talks aimed at restoring Russian natural gas supplies to Europe, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. Yulia Tymoshenko met with Vladimir Putin briefly before they both headed to the Kremlin for a broader conference. Ukrainian, Russian and European officials held talks in Moscow on Saturday in an effort to restore Russian natural gas supplies to Europe after a damaging 11-day halt in deliveries piped across Ukraine.(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

The European Commission welcomed the announcement cautiously.

“We have seen many false dawns in this dispute, and the test in this case is whether the gas flows to Europe’s consumers,” the commission said.

Russia stopped selling gas to Ukraine for domestic use on Jan. 1 in a dispute over prices. On Jan. 7, Moscow then halted all shipments to Europe via Ukraine, alleging that Ukraine was siphoning off Europe-bound gas. Ukraine disputed this, claiming that Russia was not sending enough “technical gas” to push the rest further west.

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