Yefremov : Ukraine and Russia will not come to 'gas war'

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Sept. 8, 2011, 10:29 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Russia and Ukraine will not have another "gas war," Leader of the Regions Party parliamentary faction Oleksandr Yefremov has said.

"There will be no war," he said in an interview on Ukrainian television's Channel 5, which was aired on Wednesday, September 7.

According to the MP, the leadership of the state promised to follow the law and not to block gas supplies to Europe. "[Our] European partners should be confident that Ukraine is a reliable partner in this sphere, and we sent respective signals to the Russian Federation," Yefremov said.

He also said that under the 2009 contract on gas supplies, the price of gas for Ukraine would be $564 per 1,000 cubic meters.

"You know that in Q4 this year, according to the formula signed by [Russian Premier Vladimir] Putin and [Ukraine's ex-Premier Yulia] Tymoshenko, Ukraine will pay $564 for gas… They don't pay such a price even in Germany… I don't understand how a leader could sign a contract that envisages a 300% penalty," he said.
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Anonymous Sept. 8, 2011, 1:26 p.m.    

Yefremov, is correct that there will not be any "gas war" between Russia and Ukraine. With the opening of the Nord Stream gas line, Ukraine has lost any leverage it had on the gas negotiations with Russia. The Ukrainian government officials again find themselves losing ground to strengthen there position on the gas negotiations and the Russians find themselves another step ahead. The Yanukovych government always find themselves a step behind and it's becoming a common occurrence. They had the opportunity to re-negotiate the gas contract when Yanukovych extended the lease on the Russian Black Sea Fleet even though it was not constitutional. The ruling regime was set on appeasing the Russians and hoping for support on there path to consolidating power within the government of Ukraine. Those ambitious ideals failed and now they find themselves scrambling to come up with ways to bring in more money into the government. As long as, Yanukovych is unable to to finance his hold on power it just weakens his position with the wealthy. The corruption from within the ruling government officials will come to a stand still because the wealthy will only go so far in helping Yanukovych and ruling Party Of Rats stay in power.

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