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Financial Times: Ukraine offers EU 'closer collaboration' in energy, Klyuyev says

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Sept. 5, 2012, 7:37 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Financial Times

Andriy Klyuyev, secretary of Ukraine’s national security council
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Financial Times

Europe’s top priority is getting the economy back on track, and ensuring low-cost and stable energy supplies is an essential component. Ukraine holds a vital role in powering Europe by providing reliable access to current sources, exploring new shale and offshore reserves, and helping to transition to renewables.

Closer collaboration between Ukraine and the EU cannot be just an abstract goal. It will allow Western investors to tap an emerging market, improve living standards across Europe and strengthen Europe’s connections with eastern Europe to balance the region’s complex relationship with Russia.

By Andriy Klyuyev, secretary of Ukraine’s national security council

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Byron Hill Sept. 6, 2012, 4:48 a.m.    

"Ukraine is crucial to Europe’s future energy strategy. We must be realistic about short-term needs and long-term aspirations, and Ukraine can support both"
This may be true Mr. Klyuyev, and since we are being realistic here, the biggest threat to national security in Ukraine are the Donetsk gangsters. Until your house is free from corruption your aspirations may never come to fruition.

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Roman Dawydiak Sept. 6, 2012, 4:35 p.m.    

The current strategy being employed by the Kremlin is to build a proposed north/south stream pipeline that would circumvent Ukraine altogether. This would eliminate any possible disruption of Russian energy supplies of reaching EU countries. As such this would also cut Ukraine out as a role player in the European energy grid. With this being the case the Ukrainian Government can either submit to the whims of Moscow or make ammends with the EU. There is no current practical alternative. What Andriy Klyuyev and his comrade bandits in the POR cannot seem to understand is that the EU and the Russian Federation have tired of being played off against each other and refuse to play musical chairs with Yanukovych and his cronies. It can only be hoped that the Ukrainian electorate has the wisdom to take the first step forward and support the quest of the Opposition to regain control of the Verkhovna Rada in the upcoming October elections.

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