Azarov: Ukrainian-Russian gas supply deal will be severed sooner or later

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June 11, 2011, 11:33 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The current gas supply contract between Ukraine and Russia will be severed sooner or later, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said. "Ukraine will not have this contract forever. We will sever it one day, and therefore it is better to agree sooner or later upon appropriate components of a new contract," Azarov said on Shuster Live TV program on Friday in commenting on outcomes of his recent talks with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
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Anonymous June 12, 2011, 1:04 p.m.    

Oh I see.

But wasn't one of the key terms access for the Russian Black Sea Fleet until 2042?

Will that also be severed Mr Azarov?

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Anonymous June 12, 2011, 9:10 p.m.    

But what are you going to have to give up to get a better deal?

Check the relationship between Belarus and Russia.

Yes, they get a better deal, but they've almost given up everything to get it.

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Anonymous June 13, 2011, 6:02 a.m.    

Yes - sever the Black Sea fleet deal as well. It is unconstitutional.

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Anonymous June 13, 2011, 1:04 p.m.    

The problem is that the Ukrainian leadership (a group of gangsters) is trying to ply as always the middleman role between the European Union and Russia in regards to gas and oil. Well the Russian leadership ( a bigger set of gangsters than the Ukrainian ones) is going to blow up the whole game of the Ukrainian political-economic gangsters. Gas prices are going to double. Also with the coming of the Nord Stream and the South Stream pipelines the transit fees paid by Russia to Ukraine could go to zero. Any kind of leverage of the Ukrainian political-economic gangster elite over Russia will disappear completely. The problem is that the Ukrainian leadership is basically not interested in modernizing the Ukrainian economy and industry to make it less inefficient and less energy consuming. They talk a lot about it though! Such a modernization would eat up the gangster elite's profits because it would mean funds not going into their pockets. If Ukraine wants lower gas prices it would have to join the Russian led customs union. It will not get any lower gas prices by trying to diversify imports because why would Azerbaijan or Kazakhstan want to sell at lower prices than the world prices? The only solution is economic and political reforms and modernization of the whole industrial and energy sectors in Ukraine which is not something that the Ukrainan gangster leadership is capable of. All they do is blah, blah, blah and ply their little extortion middlman racket. Ha, ha, ha!

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