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Financial Times: Moscow lures Ukraine with cheap gas

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April 7, 2011, 4 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Roman Olearchyk

Moscow tried to trump free trade talks between Ukraine and the EU by offering its southern neighbour an $8 billion annual discount on natural gas prices if it instead joins Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan

Moscow on Thursday tried to trump free trade talks between Ukraine and the European Union by offering its southern neighbour an $8 billion annual discount on natural gas prices if it instead joins Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in a free-trade and customs union. The geopolitical tug of war comes amid what EU officials have described as a “critical” round of negotiations with Kyiv over free-trade and associate membership agreements, which both sides hope to finalise this year. But a day before a weeklong round of negotiations between Kyiv and Brussels were expected to conclude, a deputy chief at Russia’s state controlled gas group Gazprom said his country would treat Ukraine as a domestic consumer, cutting its gas bills by $8bn per year, if it joined the Russia-led union. “We would use the principle of profit equalisation” in respect of Ukraine if it joined, said Valery Golubev, Gazprom’s deputy chief executive. Read the story here.
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Anonymous April 7, 2011, 4:17 p.m.    

Dear Roman

When you grow up and become a real journalist you have to learn to leave Paranoia Palace, and enter the real world. Drop the consipiracy theories and focus on ECONOMICS and FACTS, as your analysis smacks of sovietology which is so tiresome and irrelevant.

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Anonymous April 7, 2011, 9:10 p.m.    

He did focus on ECONOMICS by pointing out the the EU is by far the better choice. He did point out the FACTS in that Russia uses gas as a weapon and gas today gone tomorrow &quot;Trojan Horse&quot; politics. It is proven over and over again throughout past and recent history that Russia can not be trusted. Russia is proven to be deceitfull and untrustworthy.

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Anonymous April 7, 2011, 5:15 p.m.    

Troyan horse from Russia! In a decade a free Ukraine will not need anything from Russia! BIG NO to Russia! Ukraine belongs to EU!

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Anonymous April 7, 2011, 6:35 p.m.    

Where is the cheaper price for the navel base?

Is Ukraine that stupid to fall for another empty promise?

Russians should not be allowed in the Ukrainian government!

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Anonymous April 7, 2011, 9:13 p.m.    

Any one with so called dual citizenship should not be allowed to hold office and should not be allowed to vote.

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Anonymous April 8, 2011, 10:22 a.m.    

What a retarded comment. Russia sells gas to Ukraine on a market price MINUS 25% OF THE CURRENT PRICE, what gives Ukraine relief of about $4 BN.

Tell me dumb xoxol, when your western masters give anything free to Ukraine? Well, the answer is NOTHING and NEVER. So shut up and be grateful that there is Russia to keep morons like you warm during the winter.

The market price of the gas follows the market price of the oil with about 6 months delay. Do you think that Russia is going to freeze the market price for anyone because if Russia does it for Ukraine there will be a precedent?

Dumb xoxol. Yuck.

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Anonymous April 8, 2011, 10:11 a.m.    

&quot;Financial Times: Moscow lures Ukraine with cheap gas&quot;

Russia have something to offer, unlike the demoralized EU, which have their hands full with cleaning the PIGGS countries economy mess, or the BROKE &amp; SINKING US who needs COMMUNIST China help to survive the global recession the US created. LOL :D

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