Russia wants a treaty that will get gas and oil into Crimea..or they will invade the Eastern Ukraine
They also want concessions from West and NATO. There are lots of other moving parts in addition to the energy issue.
Yes I think that’s it. Because there is a widely supported bill before Congress to export LNG to Europe from the USA. Such a bill would permit the Euro zone to cut dependence on Russian oil and gas and drastically cut revenues to Russia.
Of course Obama will find a way to veto this bill.
This tells me whatever the “deal” is, it will be the US telling Ukraine what to do or they’ll cut off the MREs.