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Originally posted by sminkeypinkey
Well so far I think the one element that looks 'iffy' is the damage to the supply lines (but it could have been anyone, there is no proof either way and it is still far from clear who was responsible for that).
They have freely chosen to have less and less to do with Russia politically and are moving ever towards 'the west' (or what they imagine to be 'the west', along with a little outside encouragement, no doubt).
Then they get upset when Russia asks they move to a 'western price' for Russia's resources.
I cannot see why anyone thinks this is unusual; if you don't want to be in the 'Russian club' why would you expect any of the benefits that 'membership' once attracted?
If they were trying to charge twice what they charge Europe or something one might have a point but they are merely asking those countries that want to 'move away' from Russia to move to paying the same prices as Europe.
Also complicating this matter is the current unusual extremely cold snap Russia is experiencing. This has led to Russia to look to Russia first and keep their supply priority up at home first.
But - contrary to what some seem to imagine - this is not the first time this happened and when the ultra cold spell was over supplies returned to normal.
Ukraine's prime minister denied the allegation, insisting not a single cubic metre of Russian gas was being used.
Earlier, Ukraine's own state-run gas firm blamed Russia for jeopardising Western European supplies.
"Gas is not flowing at all through some transit routes, which can lead to a fall in pressure in all the pipelines and limit the overall supply of gas to Ukraine and Europe," said Eduard Zaniuk, a spokesman for Ukrainian state-run gas giant Naftogaz.
"Naftogaz declares such actions unacceptable because they endanger gas deliveries to Europe."
Ukraine gas row hits EU supplies
Interesting how the focus of all of this has shifted from a terrible (deliberately? threatening?) Russian made 'European crisis' - a tale completely unsustainable in the light of the facts.
- to implying nasty old Russia is bullying those poor little countries (that have dared to 'stand up to them' or who 'want to be free' etc etc and all those other cliches), no?
Kommersant: The Miller Cocktail
No one could expect the gas war between Russia and Ukraine to end in this way. The acutest economic crisis of 2005 did not freeze Ukrainian villages or brought German plants to a halt but enabled RosUkrEnergo (RUE), the gas trader with the turnover of billions of dollars, to enter the European gas market bringing profits to its unknown co-owners.
The agreement between Naftogaz Ukrainy, Gazprom and RUE was sealed at Gazprom’s headquarters at 2:30 a.m. on January 4, according to the information Kommersant obtained. The final decision was taken before the midnight at Ukraina Hotel during talks between leaders of all the parties concerned including the businessman Semen Mogilevich who set up RUE in 2004, unofficial sources reported. Shareholders of this offshore company which is registered in Swiss canton Zug will reap revenues as early as in 2006.
Yulia Timoshenko, the head of the Yulia Timoshenko Bloc, revealed at the news conference in Kiev the agreement, whose authenticity was not refuted by Gazprom or Naftogaz Ukrainy.
Kommersant: The Fight for Power
At the same time, former Ukrainian authorities made other accusations against RosUkrEnergo. On June 21, 2005, former head of the Ukrainian Security Service Alexander Turchinov stated that part of the assets of the company are personally controlled by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma. Turchinov said that the supply plan for the company was devised by Kuchma and former prime minister Viktor Yanukovich to “insure their positions and economic control over the country.” Turchinov suggested that Kuchma then sold his share in the company to Gazprom employees close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also said that Yushchenko knows about that, but forbade him to “deal with it.” Since July 27 the former security service head has stated several times that Gazprombank's share in RosUkrEnergo is controlled by businessman Semen Mogilevich, who was convicted of embezzlement twice in Russia and is now wanted by the FBI on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. However, Turchinov said, the Ukrainian Security Service has only indirect evidence of Mogilevich's involvement in RosUkrEnergo.
BBC: The High Price of Gas: Transcript (Panorama)
6 November 2006
YULIA TYMOSHENKO: When I was the Prime Minister, we provided the President of Ukraine with documented proof that some powerful criminal structures, are behind the RosUkrEnergo company. I can only say as a politician: we have no doubts whatsoever that the man named Mogilevich is behind the whole operation called RosUkrEnergo.
JONATHAN STERN: What happens ... if RosUkrenergo breaks up because there are some problems of governance, or some problems of alleged mafia connections, that could eventually disrupt gas supplies, and that's what we should be concerned about.
STEVE BRADSHAW: Gas supplies to?
JONATHAN STERN: That could disrupt Russian gas supplies to Europe. That's why we need to be concerned about it.
Originally posted by maloy
Mogilevich for Russian President!!
Eurasian Secret Services Daily Review
Destruction in the SBU of the files of Simeon Mogilevich's so-called case, that was connected with the emergence in Ukraine of the RosUkrEnergo company, also could be a well executed task of intelligence, NTN adds. According to Ivan Gerasimovich, the Deputy Chairman of the SBU, destruction of Mogilievich’s materials has damaged Ukraine’s interests. In August 2005 the SBU, that was investigating the affair, warned that in November-December Ukraine might expect serious problems connected with gas supply.
He has more than a dozen names and is reputed to be the godfather of the Russian Mafia. For 15 years Semen Mogilevich has played a cat and mouse game with the world's intelligence services.
Originally posted by FoxStriker
Have Friends in the Ukraine, they told me its due to the fact that the Ukraining gov't hasn't paid them for gas already used *2.4 billion*, as they explained it to me, it was the Corrupt Ukraining gov't that siphoned that money into their greedy pockets, and of into foreign banks, that money which came from taxes collected in the Ukraine went straight to corrupted hands.