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Ukraine proclaims victory after Russia gas war

January 21, 2009

Ukraine’s prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Wednesday proclaimed her country the winner in the latest natural gas dispute with Russia, even though higher gas prices are going to badly hurt the Ukrainian economy.

Tymoshenko told a Cabinet session that Ukraine has won “great conditions” under a gas deal that ended Russia’s two-week natural gas cutoff to European countries.

Associated Press

An employee at the Orlovka gas-compressor station near the Ukrainian-Romanian ... 
An employee at the Orlovka gas-compressor station near the Ukrainian-Romanian border, January 14. Russian gas deliveries reached four more central European countries along with Turkey on Wednesday following settlement of a Russia-Ukraine price and payment dispute, officials said.(AFP/File/Sergei Supinsky)

Monday’s deal doubled the price Ukraine has to pay for Russian gas in the first quarter of 2009. Gas prices are expected to fall later this year, but Ukraine is still expected to pay significantly more this year for Russian gas than it did in 2008.

As part of the deal, the fee Russia pays Ukraine for delivering gas via its pipelines remains unchanged in 2009.

The agreement was hailed by the European Union, but ran into criticism at home.

Ukraine was struggling to pay for Russian gas even at last year’s lower price as it faced a currency collapse, falling exports and a shaken banking sector.

Tymoshenko’s political rival, President Viktor Yushchenko, has assailed the deal, saying the price was too high and will cripple the country’s key metals and chemical industries. Yushchenko’s office said, however, that Ukraine is not seeking to reconsider the deal.

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Europe Getting Fed Up With Russian Oil “Squeeze”

January 15, 2009

Russia and Ukraine agreed Thursday to hold new talks on their gas war as Europe batted aside a Kremlin proposal for a summit in Moscow to resolve a feud that has left millions of Europeans freezing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Russia was in danger of losing its credibility as an energy supplier because of the gas cutoff to Europe, and France said supplies should resume before any summit takes place.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was to hold talks in London later Thursday with Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko, Brown’s office said.

Speaking during a visit to Berlin ahead of the meeting, Brown said the crisis “re-emphasised to the world the need to diversify energy supplies.”

by Dario Thuburn, AFP

Pipelines are seen at a gas compressor station in Sudzha in ... 
Pipelines are seen at a gas compressor station in Sudzha in Russia’s Kursk region January 11, 2009. International monitors arrived on Sunday at a gas compressor station near the Ukrainian-Russian border to observe gas flows to Europe, a Reuters photographer said.(Gleb Garanich/Reuters)

Yushchenko further upped the stakes by telling Russian President Dmitry Medvedev by telephone that Moscow should pump the full 330 million cubic metres a day due to European consumers, which Ukraine would then pass on to Europe.

Russia has accused Ukraine of blocking a partial resumption of supplies.

“The lengthy Russian-Ukrainian gas conflict has already turned into a real war,” the popular Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda said as the cutoff of gas supplies to Europe continued for a second week.

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