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But this is 2012, and these are some of the
parameters of a brand new deal signed by Bulgaria on Nov. 15, along with an
agreement to take part in South Stream, an ambitious gas supply project
pioneered by Russia to diversify its supply routes to Europe and bypass Ukraine
along the way.

The most striking difference between the two
contracts (so far) is that in Ukraine, Tymoshenko is now in prison serving a
seven-year sentence for abuse of office for signing this deal

By contrast, in Bulgaria, Dimitar Gogov, chief
executive of state-owned gas supplier Bulgargaz, was reported by United Press
International as saying that the new deal will bring Russian gas to end consumers
at least 5-7 percent cheaper than current prices. He said the biggest winners
in the deal would by the country’s industrial users.

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