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Why would anyone be surprised. The Ukraine elected a government that didnt want to be allied with Russia. The Russians decided cheap gas was only for allies. The Ukrainians decided they wouldnt pay more. All equals gas turned off.
Russia looks to build new pipeline to the North not passing through unfriendly territory to supply the energy guzzling but resource lacking EU.
In the meantime if the Ukrainians agree to higher prices  (and probably less than 400%) the gas gets turned back on down south. If the Ukrainians dont compromise their domestic gas price soars, their economy wobbles. Next election finds Yushenko not so popular after mishandling another issue.
by observer393 on Mon Jan 2nd, 2006 at 12:51:52 AM EST

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