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European Commission: Russian-Ukrainian talks should not lead to disruption of gas shipments to Europe

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July 20, 2012, 3:12 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine over the gas price should not lead to disruptions in gas shipments to Europe, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, European Commission Vice President Catherine Ashton have said.
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The negotiations between Russia and Ukraine over the gas price should not lead to disruptions in gas shipments to Europe, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, European Commission Vice President Catherine Ashton have said.

"It's important that the on-going talks between Ukraine and Russia on lowering the price for gas do not undermine Ukraine's compliance with Energy Community Treaty commitments, nor threaten the delivery of gas to Europe. We're paying particular attention to this… We made it clear that the ongoing discussions between Russia and Ukraine concerning the price and volumes of gas must not lead to a situation in which deliveries of gas to the EU could be threatened," representatives of the European Commission said in an interview with the Razumkov Centre published on Friday.

When asked to comment on the relations between Ukraine and Russia, Barroso and Ashton said these relations should be based on respect for the independence, sovereignty, integrity and the legitimate interests of both countries.

"We have talked about this consistently with both Kyiv and Moscow. It is not up to the EU to make predictions or assessments of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia. We believe that following the above mentioned principles, looking for mutual benefit and working based on one's own interests and values, this relationship can develop in a manner which strengthens positive dynamics in the region, which will be beneficial for Europe as a whole. 

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cedrik July 20, 2012, 6:25 p.m.    

And there you have the sitrep in a nutshell. EU may pontificate, threaten, cajole and otherwise make noise, but at this time EU can not afford to annoy Ukraine too much. Winter is coming and they need the gas, pure and simple. It's business and money, boys and girls. Political repression or the lack thereof, certain politicians in the slammer for whatever, arguments between Ukraine and Russia, mean absolutely nothing. You can rant, you can scream, you can denigrate, bottom line it's money and EU's desire to be warm this coming winter and have enough to eat in the cold months. Gee, what a surprise.

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kpxoxol July 23, 2012, 5:13 a.m.    

EU are too broke to afford losing its ONLY reliable energy supplier Russia so they make stupid noise despite the fact that Ukraine lost its capability to blackmail Russia after the NORD STREAM pipeline took over the delivery of Russia gas directly to Germany and in combination with the YAMAL pipeline now owned by Russia, reduced the Ukraine GTS relevance by some 40%.

Just like cederic rightfully assesses - the EU is toothless and powerless to do anything about the PATRIOTIC democratically elected governments of Ukraine and Russia, but make stupid noises and watch angrily as the economies of their eastern neighbors do better than what IMF predicted, while the EU economies sink into oblivion. LOL :D

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