Putin accuses Ukraine of sabotaging gas talks

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gentalman wrote:

Supplier is Russia,Debter is Eukrain,yet Eukrain feels they have upper hand.Russia has reduced the price,yet they do not want to pay.All this seems an oddecity of EUkrain.It does not seem,new pressident is not a businessman,though he is doing the biggest business with Russia.

Jun 11, 2014 11:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Reality2Day wrote:

Ukraine should pay somewhat less then the rest of Europe, since 30% of the gas Russia exports to Europe travels through pipelines across Ukraine. Does Russia pay anything for these pipelines?

Jun 11, 2014 4:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

What’s a point of negotiating with Putin besides buying the time? Everyone knows by now that Russia doesn’t keep its promises and Putin’s word means pretty much nothing…

Jun 11, 2014 7:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dron wrote:

@Reality2Day,
The Ukrainian company that owns the pipelines gets paid a fee for the gas transit. The gas also crosses through other countries pipelines like Slovakia and Austria and they also consume the gas like Ukraine, so the suggestion they should all get a special discount makes no sense.

Jun 11, 2014 7:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
WalterA wrote:

These comment pages are so full of Russian trolls that they are not worth the time involved in reading them, let alone participating in them.

Jun 11, 2014 8:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nose2066 wrote:

Would it make things any clearer if this news story had been placed in the “business” category???

Keep in mind that Russia is selling a real commodity, not pretend merchandise like worthless mortgage-backed securities.

Jun 11, 2014 9:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
one_some wrote:

Gas consumers in EU sued gas suppliers and received big compensations for overpricing. Why shouldn’t Ukraine do the same?

Instead EU forces Ukraine to agree on Russian high gaz prices – which are higher than for Germany. Why is that?
EU Commissioner Ettinger is stepping down in 2 months. Is he going the same direction as Gerhard Schreoder? Why is he pressing Ukraine?

The West already accomplished Munich-2.
The West was saying it would introduce sectoral sanctions if Russia did not leave the occupied Crimea. Russia didn’t.
Then the West said it would introduce sectoral sanctions if Russia did not deescalate in Eastern Ukraine. Russia did not.
Then the West said it would introduce sectoral sanctions if Russia did not stop supplying weapons and warriors to separatist in Eastern Ukraine. Russia did not. Instead Russia now supplies not only trucks with warriors, but also armoured fighting vehicles.
So can we officially acknowledge that the West now did the same what they did in Munich 1938 ?
Also it is very kind of the West (especially German Foreign Minister and France) to to ask Ukraine to negotiate with Russia – negotiate what? Czechs in 1938 had to negotiate with Nazis also, didn’t they?

Jun 12, 2014 5:58am EDT  --  Report as abuse
yurakm wrote:

@ UScitizentoo:

“The only permanent solution is Ukraine independent of Russian energy”

A good idea. Ukraine is going to stop using Russian energy the coming Monday.

Jun 12, 2014 5:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yurakm wrote:

@ Reality2Day:

“30% of the gas Russia exports to Europe travels through pipelines across Ukraine. Does Russia pay anything for these pipelines?”

Yes, it does.

Jun 12, 2014 5:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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