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Ukraine's relationship with Russia concerning gas has always been incestuous. The law that says "you must pay your bills" doesn't apply, or hasn't for the past 20-odd years.

Admittedly, if Ukraine really wants to be independent of Russia, that would have to change.

As for the EU, it's not in Russia's interest to inflict real pain, so it won't happen. Just as the EU will not attempt to inflict any pain on Russia over Ukraine.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Mar 9th, 2014 at 05:15:14 AM EST
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afew:
Just as the EU will not attempt to inflict any pain on Russia over Ukraine.

Just so:
France says warship deal with Russia still alive - Yahoo News

(AFP) - French President Francois Hollande said a controversial sale of two state-of-the art warships by France to Russia was still on course despite Moscow's widely opposed stand over Crimea.

The 2011 sale of the Mistral warships, worth one billion euros ($1.4 billion), was already a deep source of concern for France's NATO and European Union allies, coming only a few years after Russia's invasion of Georgia.

But despite the threat of another war involving Russia, Hollande, who was in Brussels at a European summit on the Ukrainian crisis, said France's commitment to deliver the military vessels was still alive.

"We respect our signed contracts," Hollande said. "We are not yet at that stage and we hope to avoid getting there," he said, referring to the potential of halting the deal.

And:
London's Laundry Business - NYTimes.com

On Monday, a British civil servant was photographed arriving in Downing Street for a national security council meeting with an open document in his hand. We could read for ourselves lines from a confidential report on how Prime Minister David Cameron's government should respond to the Crimea crisis. It recommended that Britain should "not support, for now, trade sanctions," nor should it "close London's financial center to Russians."

The White House has imposed visa restrictions on some Russian officials, and President Obama has issued an executive order enabling further sanctions. But Britain has already undermined any unified action by putting profit first.

It boils down to this: Britain is ready to betray the United States to protect the City of London's hold on dirty Russian money. And forget about Ukraine


h/t Helen.
by Bernard (bernard) on Sun Mar 9th, 2014 at 05:36:08 AM EST
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