A closer look suggests that Boyko’s words are spin intended to divert attention from the real agenda of the “gas lobby,” a group of powerful government figures and businessmen that is believed to include him.

This group seems to be trying to sideline troubled state gas company Naftogaz from importing Russian gas to Ukraine while re-establishing fellow billionaire gas tycoon Dmytro Firtash as a major supplier of gas to Ukraine instead.

A strong backer of Yanukovych, Firtash earned a fortune when companies he controlled, most recently Swiss-registered RosUkrEnergo (which he co-owned with Russia’s Gazprom), monopolized gas supplies to Ukraine.

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