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Financial Times: Tymoshenko gas deal probed ahead of Putin's Kyiv visit

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April 11, 2011, 7:31 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Roman Olearchyk

Roman Olearchyk

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Roman Olearchyk writes:On the eve of a visit to Kyiv by Vladimir Putin, Russian prime minister, Ukrainian prosecutors on April 11 launched a criminal case against ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, accusing her of illegally brokering a natural gas supply contract with him in January 2009.

The news fuelled speculation that Ukraine could challenge the two-year-old agreement which brought sharply higher gas import prices while ending a bitter stand-off that cut off European supplies. But such plans could stoke negative tensions ahead of Putin’s April 12 visit, during which he is expected to meet Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s Moscow-friendly president. Click here to read full report.
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Anonymous April 11, 2011, 7:51 p.m.    

Tymoshenko made the best deal that she could within the political and economic conditions at the time. Yanukovych was in opposition at that time and did not suggest anything better. Tymoshenko did not know that Yanukovych and Yushchenko were together plotting against her. What happened to Yanudovych's big idea of an extended lease for Russia to dock ships in Crimea in exchange for favorable gas prices.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 12:49 a.m.    

Will Putin be detained while he visits Ukraine? Even if Julia was complicit, he was still the thief.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 3:14 a.m.    

This crude government tactic is being reused to keep the opposition away from what's coming up this week - the signing on to the custom's union.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 4:34 a.m.    

Maybe Putin's crappy Russian plane will crash.

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Anonymous April 12, 2011, 7:19 p.m.    

the price of the gas supplied to Ukraine under the contract between Gazprom and Naftogaz Ukrainy does not reflect the market value formed in the West,

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