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    Russia Accused of Playing 'Trick' As Gas Turned Off Again

    Russia accused of playing 'trick' as gas turned off again


    Russia has been accused of trying to 'trick' the European Union after gas supplies delivered through Ukraine were turned off again.

    Telegraph 13 Jan 2009


    At 07.00 GMT on Tuesday, Gazprom announced that normal service had been resumed of supplies to Ukraine. But within three hours EU officials announced that "little or no" gas was getting through.

    Both Russia and Ukraine then blamed each other for a failure to reopen pipelines and the uneasy EU-brokered truce disintegrated as both sides traded accusations.

    Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom claimed Ukraine was stealing gas meant for Europe and taking orders from the United States in the crisis.............


    Ukraine accused Russia of sending the gas on an impossible journey though incompatible pipelines and of using the crisis to try to wrest control of Ukraine's vast pipeline network.

    EU sources told The Daily Telegraph that the crisis is expected to escalate on Wednesday as European patience runs out with Russia.

    Russia has "done everything it can to damage the Ukraine's credibility as a transit country", said the source.

    According to EU monitors sent to check pipelines in Ukraine and Russia, the Russians resumed supply only to then deliberately channel gas via difficult routes and at insufficient pressure to guarantee supplies to Europe.

    Officials close to negotiations have also reported that Russia has tried to physically block EU monitors, sent to both countries to monitor gas flows.

    "Russia played a trick by saying it would resume supply. Russia set this up to convince everyone it is the Ukraine's fault not their own," said a European source.

    As the East-West crisis entered its second week, Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, claimed that EU unity might be about to crumble as Bulgaria and Slovakia, both badly hit by energy shortages, will on Wednesday break ranks with the EU to open direct negotiations with Russia.

    Mr Putin accused Ukraine of causing the disruption. "The gas really didn't get through the pipelines. The Ukrainian side didn't open it, from some incomprehensible reason," he said.

    Ukraine's Western-leaning government, which faces deep Russian hostility to its ambitions to join Nato, has begun to feel the effects of the dispute.

    A poll released on Tuesday found that President Viktor Yushchenko's approval rating stands at just 2.4 per cent.

    "Each person living in Ukraine should understand that what has happened is not the blackmail of our state, it is the blackmail of each of you," said Mr Yushchenko.

    The Ukrainian opposition, supported by Russia, has called for Mr Yushchenko's impeachment, and for the dismissal of the government led by Yulia Tymoshenko, the prime minister.

    Gazprom has also accused the United States of encouraging the Ukraine into a dispute with Russia.

    "One gets the impression that this whole musical which is happening in Ukraine is being conducted by a completely different country," said Alexander Medvedev, Gazprom's deputy chief executive.

    Meanwhile the misery continues for millions of people in 15 European countries who have faced a week of suffering bitterly cold winter temperatures without any heating or amid severe energy shortages caused by Russia's decision to completely cut off gas supplies on Jan 7.

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    How are we expected to know the Turth? Any ideas

    The EU are threatening .... something ......

    Britain takes less that 3% of its gas from Russia

    Dont let Europe steal it!

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    Well this was all rather predictable. Regardless of who is to blame for this current crisis the most, Russia or Ukraine, one can be certain of the fact that this will not be the last time Russia will have shut off its gas-supply to Europe. The pretext might be different next time, but let there be no doubt about it, there will be a next time. Relying on Russia for gas and other resources is a bad idea.

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