KyivPost Russia plays gas card to keep Ukraine in its club

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April 8, 2011, 10:11 a.m. |
Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said on April 7 it would treat Ukraine as a domestic consumer, cutting its gas bills by $8 billion (€5.59 billion) per year, if it joined Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a customs union. "We would use the principle of profit equalisation" in respect of Ukraine if it joined the union, Gazprom Deputy Chief Executive Valery Golubev said. Almost simultaneously, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich made clear that his country did not want to join a Russia-led customs union, suggesting a free-trade deal with the country instead. Read the story here
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Anonymous April 8, 2011, 6:42 p.m.    

Russian gas stinks.

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Anonymous April 9, 2011, 10:32 p.m.    

russia is lear today give you a discount and tomorrow increase the price,like the fleet deal.....leave russia in the shit together belarus,to be european is better

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Anonymous April 10, 2011, 4:53 a.m.    

Ukraine made ad eal for discount gas by allowing the Russians to keep their Crimean graveyard of old ships for another 25 years. Russia doesn't have the money to build the South Stream. The Kremlin stole the money. Greedy gulag!

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Anonymous April 10, 2011, 8:08 p.m.    

Ukraine is definitely not russia, and Ukraine needs russia like a hole in the head.

Why be a servant in a union with russia, when you can be a equal partner with the rest of the world?

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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 11:19 a.m.    

Europe is about modern methods of commerce and government. rusia is all about corruption and the mafia state/threats using the gas card . which has the brighter future

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