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Russian gas cuts - why there is no need to worry

I've been lurking at DailyKos for the past 1.5 years and never posted a comment there.  I've been lurking here at Eurotrib since its inception as well.  This diary, however, has finally forced me to post a response ...

According to your point of view, Putin is trying to punish Ukraine for leaning closer to the West.  Specifically, you seem to be saying that he is retaliating in response to the Orange "revolution" - which was an American-sponsored coup, by the way, which has done nothing but harm the Ukrainian economy and people.  We can put this aside, however, because it has nothing to do with the current "crisis".

The real reason for Putin demanding that Ukraine pay market price for Russia's natural gas is that the Russian people are sick and tired of subsidizing countries that continually bad-mouth her in public, yet are more than happy to buy her gas for $50/ 1000 cm and resell it to Hungary, Romania, and Moldavia for $250.  Why should Russia subsidize Ukrainian industries and companies, like steel maker Kryvorizhstal, that are in direct competition with Russian industry?

[Minor edits and links added - Oui]

BBC News June 14, 2004 -- A company owned by the son-in-law of Ukraine's President Leonid Kuchma has won a tender to buy Kryvorizhstal, the country's biggest steel plant. Viktor Pinchuk, who has interests in steel, energy and media, won the bid in partnership with Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine's richest man. Their 4.3bn-hryvnia (£430m; $780m) bid won despite competition from Russian, US and European steel firms. The tender has aroused vigorous protest in Ukraine and abroad.  

Analysis of Orange Revolt

"Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

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'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 05:36:53 AM EST

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