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Russia makes no secret of the fact that it would like more influence over Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, while the European Union objects to a trial that bolsters Ukraine’s negotiating position with Russia in the gas dispute.

Realistically, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is unlikely either to sell Ukraine’s prize asset to Moscow or abandon the trial of his political arch-rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

But EU diplomats discern a possible outcome that gives Russia at least some stake in Ukraine’s infrastructure, and endeavors to keep its EU project on track with a reform that makes Ukraine’s state oil company, Naftogaz, more transparent and accountable.

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