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Tymoshenko: Ukraine will lose gas transport system if signs gas joint venture agreement

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April 14, 2011, 11:54 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Premier and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko

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The creation of joint Ukrainian-Russian enterprises together with Naftogaz Ukrainy threatens Ukraine with the loss of its gas transport system and possibilities for oil and gas production on its own territory, former Ukrainian Premier and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has said. "If Yanukovych signs [an agreement on] joint venture with the Russian Federation, moreover, under the conditions that are being offered to Ukraine - [that] there will be some small shares and Ukraine will not influence anything - then you should know we will lose not just the gas transport system… Ukraine will also deprive itself, by the hands of Yanukovych, of its whole system of oil and gas production," she told reporters after her visit to the Prosecutor General's Office in Kyiv on Wednesday.

At the same time, Tymoshenko said the Ukrainian gas transport system brings $3 billion to the Ukrainian budget every year.

"If citizens of Ukraine continue to stay silent, then after Ukrtelecom, after the Black Sea shelf, which is already a done deal today, after the energy companies, after the plants, after everything is illegally taken by Yanukovych, then [we will lose] our gas transport system, [and] our Naftogaz Ukrainy," she said.
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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 12:20 p.m.    

North Stream

South Stream

Cheap Russian Gas flowing free to Europe

...

Why should anyone use an old and expensive pipeline system managed by a bunch of burglars?

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 1:50 p.m.    

Her pants smell to gas; don't play near her with matches.

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 1:57 p.m.    

Ukraine will not exactly &quot;loose it&quot;, only a few select people will make allot of money and the Ukrainian people will get another 100 years of being Russia's whipping boy / prostitute.

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 2:54 p.m.    

Ukraine should make no deals. The Russians don't have the money to build the North or South Stream pipelines without financing from the West. They owe Ukraine big time for their Black Sea ship graveyard deal.

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 4:13 p.m.    

no joint venture with russia,you became more slave than before,use eu companies,that are interested in business and are not interested at touching freedom and sovereignity as russia want

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 4:41 p.m.    

Ms T, if you consider the GTS and Naftogas as some form of Ukrainian Crown Jewels, then its worth is only in the fact that it is currently used.

When alternative routes are available and nothing is passed through the GTS, what is its worth then to Ukraine?

Please stop this nationalistic nonsense and employ some forethought.

How pleased with the people of Ukraine be at having an unused GTS providing nothing to the budget and that $3 billion having to come from taxing them?

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Anonymous April 14, 2011, 10:24 p.m.    

the loss of its gas transport system and possibilities for oil and gas production on its own territory,

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/nation/detail/102345/#ixzz1JWk6Ghuj

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Anonymous April 15, 2011, 3 a.m.    

Why be a servant in a union with the great rossiya, when you can be a EQUAL partner with the rest of the world?

Customs Union is a big Trojan Donkey!!! A bit of cheap gaz (or alot of hot air) - Yes to the ill-educated a cheap gaz deal (again!!!) on paper looks great. russia however will only go back on their word (as is usually the case) and put up prices to counteract the loss over the long term. Any Gaz incentive will turn out to be a great russian turd dumped on Ukraine.

Who will be the only real winners?

1) putin of course, because his only real interest in Ukraine is the Gaz transportation system, the black sea boats, and possibilty of holidaying in the crimea.

2) profffeeesssor yanukonvikt and his oligarch clan, will get billions for selling out Ukraine and its people for a few lousy silver pieces.

Sadly the real Losers (as always): the Ukrainian Nation.

Let's put things into perspective...Ukraine is currently a free sovereign nation, and russia with the help of proffeessor yanukonvikt is doing everything to undermine Ukrainian freedom, culture, language, and history, and ultimately send Ukraine back into serfdom.

Come on Ukrainians get real!!! Ask yourselves what have the kremlin masters and russian immigrants partnership brought to Ukraine in the past? Holodomor (attempted genocide of a nation by so-called-brother nation), slavery, collectivization, gulags, putin, Chechnya, stalin, yanukonvict, oligarchs, russian language, russification, gaz misery (cutting of gaz supplies and the unnecessary high prices), starting the 2nd world war with Germany by invading Poland, falsification of history, interference of russian orthodox church, mass murder, black sea fleet, Katyn murders, KGB, mass deportations, destruction of Ukrainian sovereignty, culture and language etc, etc, etc.

...Need I say more.

Remember Ukraine is definitely not russia, and Ukraine needs russia like a hole in the head.

Again I state: Why be a servant in a union with the great rossiya, when you can be a EQUAL partner with the rest of the world?

Time to stick a poker in putins eye! Time to cut out the cancer and walk tall like an Egyptian, ie. do the revolution properly by getting rid of the dumb ass yanukonvikt and the lousy russian puppet of a government.

Its time for Ukrainians look out for themselves, rather than please the kremlin oligarchs.

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Anonymous April 20, 2011, 11:12 p.m.    

I thought Yanokovych's deal with Russia over Sevastopol was partially due to affordable gas.

Yanokovych is giving away Ukraine's assets without getting much in return.

In the USA:

It's like giving away Perl Harbor, HI to the Chinese in return for cheaper goods at Walmart.

Stupid move.

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