On Nov. 26, the Ukrainian government claimed it had signed a landmark billion-dollar energy deal with a Spanish company to build a liquified natural gas terminal. Journalists were puzzled because two government bodies named two different companies.

The agreement was praised as the fruit of yearlong talks: to form a bilateral consortium that would build the terminal, to help Ukraine to ween itself off expensive Russian gas, and to redeem the country’s poor investment climate.

But the government’s hopes were dashed when it became clear the signatory wasn’t an employee or authorized representative of either Spanish company. 

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