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EU Hopes Fade As Gas Lobby Triumphs

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Dec. 16, 2011 00:19
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Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash (above) reportedly told ex-U.S. Ambassador William B. Taylor that ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (top right) deserved to be prosecuted for the 2009 gas deal she reached with Russia that eliminated Firtash co-owned RosUkrEnergo from the bilateral gas trade. Two years later, that’s just what happened to Tymoshenko. Some analysts say the natural gas lobby in Ukraine is trying to derail Ukraine's integration with the European Union, while others say this influential group actually favors closer ties to the West.
Photo by AFP, UNIAN

On the eve of the Dec. 19 Ukraine-European Union summit, Kyiv’s chances of making a breakthrough in relations with Brussels appear to be fading.

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