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Op-Ed Columnist - The Great Illusion - Op-Ed - NYTimes.com
Europe's dependence on Russian energy, especially natural gas, now looks very dangerous -- more dangerous, arguably, than its dependence on Middle Eastern oil. After all, Russia has already used gas as a weapon: in 2006, it cut off supplies to Ukraine amid a dispute over prices.

Jerome a Paris:

infrastructure bottlenecks

work both ways: existing pipelines mean that Russia can only send its gas to where the pipelines go, ie to Europe (or nowhere at all).

The gas relationship is a co-dependency, and the "energy weapon" goes both ways, as the Poles and Ukrainians have amply demonstrated by holding the transit gas hostage.

Cynicism is intellectual treason.
by marco on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 09:48:36 AM EST
It's annoying to see Krugman use the narrative of the "gas weapon" too. Russia cut off the gas to Ukraine because Ukraine was not paying for its gas. How has that anything to do with "weapons"?

If anything, it is Ukraine, which chose to cut Russia's exports to Europe (to take gas for itself) that used gas as a weapon.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Aug 15th, 2008 at 11:28:53 AM EST
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