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You're reading: New energy war brewing between Ukraine, Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov was quoted this week by Korrespondent magazine as giving a stark warning to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin about negotiations on natural gas prices: “You are pushing us into a corner, from which there’s only one way out – severance of the contract.”

The answer came from Putin’s spokesman: “We don’t have any information as to whether such a final decision has been taken and what could be the basis for such a decision.”
After the summer break, Ukraine-Russia gas negotiations are under way once more and even intensifying.

Ukraine’s government hopes to renegotiate the contract, which it says has left it paying an unbearably high price for gas from Russia.

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