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Which raises the issue of why Ukraine cannot void the contract using the same rationale asserted by the Russians when they cut the gas.

Well, because there is no gas contract for 2006 between Naftogas and Gazrprom and this one is commercial contract, whereas fleet agreement is a package international treaty which includes Russia's recognition of Ukraine's borders.

The Russians, if inclined, could cut that supply off as well, though at the price of forcing a confrontation with the United States.

There is no Turkmen gas for the first quarter of 2006 for Ukraine: this gas is all bought out by Gazprom.

by blackhawk on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 09:05:54 AM EST
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