EU Hopes Fade As Gas Lobby Triumphs

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Dec. 16, 2011, 12:19 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Vlad Lavrov, Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash (above) reportedly told ex-U.S. Ambassador William B. Taylor that ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (top right) deserved to be prosecuted for the 2009 gas deal she reached with Russia that eliminated Firtash co-owned RosUkrEnergo from the bilateral gas trade. Two years later, that’s just what happened to Tymoshenko. Some analysts say the natural gas lobby in Ukraine is trying to derail Ukraine's integration with the European Union, while others say this influential group actually favors closer ties to the West.

Vlad Lavrov

Kyiv Post staff writer

Yuriy Onyshkiv

Yuriy Onyshkiv served as the Kyiv Post's political reporter from 2010-2013. He is now a coal reporter for Argus Media.


On the eve of the Dec. 19 Ukraine-European Union summit, Kyiv’s chances of making a breakthrough in relations with Brussels appear to be fading.

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