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US warns Russia against gas hikes to hurt Ukraine
AFP ^

Posted on 04/04/2014 3:55:33 AM PDT by wetphoenix

Washington (AFP) - The United States warned Russia Thursday not to use energy costs as an instrument of political coercion, after Moscow scrapped its last gas price discounts for Ukraine.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier announced the move, effectively raising the price by $100 to $485 for every 1,000 cubic meters of gas.

Asked about the decision, White House spokesman Jay Carney warned "markets should determine energy prices."

"A country should not use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion to interfere in Ukraine or anywhere else," he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: crimea; dmitrymedvedev; energy; gasoil; jaycarney; naturalgas; russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich; yuliatymoshenko

1 posted on 04/04/2014 3:55:33 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix
Jay Carney said "markets should determine energy prices"

What an odd and maybe totally incoherent thing to say in this context. Moscow, by raising the price IS letting markets determine energy prices.

2 posted on 04/04/2014 4:00:28 AM PDT by grania
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To: wetphoenix

“A country should not use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion to interfere in Ukraine or anywhere else,” — Kerry

How about as tools to coerce US citizens to have a “lower carbon footprint”?

I guess that’s ok.


3 posted on 04/04/2014 4:02:12 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: wetphoenix
This was not a price increase. It was the elimination of the discount the Ukraine had been receiving which was contingent upon prompt payment.

I believe the Ukraine government adds their cut to the peoples bill...just like our government does.

4 posted on 04/04/2014 4:03:18 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

Obama:
putin you be nice or I will hit you with my purse


5 posted on 04/04/2014 4:11:09 AM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: Sacajaweau

http://windowstorussia.com/russia-ukraine-does-not-want-to-pay-gas_30.html


6 posted on 04/04/2014 4:11:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

“Asked about the decision, White House spokesman Jay Carney warned “markets should determine energy prices.”

Like closing coal mines and preventing drilling on federal land?


7 posted on 04/04/2014 4:19:11 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: wetphoenix

This administration has become a bad comedy routine.


8 posted on 04/04/2014 4:30:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: samtheman

How about the taxes that our government adds to the price of every little bit of energy products we buy....state tax & Federal Tax....


9 posted on 04/04/2014 4:40:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/04/eu-s-top-energy-official-downplays-risk-of-fresh-russian-gas-dispute


10 posted on 04/04/2014 4:42:49 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2014/03/20/eu-to-sell-ukraine-gas-at-up-to-400-per-1-000-cubic-meters.html


11 posted on 04/04/2014 4:52:36 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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"Asked about the decision, White House spokesman Jay Carney warned 'markets should determine energy prices.'"

He probably means that it might interfere with comrade obama's domestic anti-energy production policies.
12 posted on 04/04/2014 5:28:25 AM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: wetphoenix

http://rt.com/news/nsa-spy-world-leaders-125/


13 posted on 04/04/2014 5:29:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

The US does not seem to understand market economy. It thinks Russia should supply gas for free to a country with a regime hostile to Moscow? One moreover, that has a large debt in arrears outstanding to pay? Russia is not going subordinate its national interests to that of the US, the EU or any one else. If they want to supply Ukraine on their own with cheap gas - they’re welcome. But gas from Russia is not a Ukrainian entitlement. As usual - the West wants to have it both ways on Ukraine, whose being on the verge of bankruptcy was not created by Russia. Again, the West is free to pick up the slack for its new ally. It simply has no right to expect Russia to subsidize it.


14 posted on 04/04/2014 5:30:35 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: wetphoenix
Pootie's Heading For Trouble Now !!!


15 posted on 04/04/2014 5:44:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: grania

Carney wouldn’t know a market from a muffin.


16 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:26 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: goldstategop
Now...you and I are subsidizing Ukraine as a reward for their rotten leadership since they "achieved" independence.

Ukraine was left with a HUGE army....500,000 soldiers. There are 90,000 now. And citizens are being disarmed.

17 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:35 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: wetphoenix

Sounds like another “red line”....LOL


18 posted on 04/04/2014 5:45:49 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> White House spokesman Jay Carney warned “markets should determine energy prices.”

IOW, impeach now.


19 posted on 04/04/2014 5:48:47 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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To: wetphoenix

Hypocrisy, thy name is the US.


20 posted on 04/04/2014 5:56:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Jay Carney vs. Putin. HAHAHAHAHAAHAH

I am sure the Ukrainians rest comfortably knowing Jay Carney has there bavk as Barry rides his girl bike to the rescue.


21 posted on 04/04/2014 10:49:29 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: wetphoenix

Skyrocket. - Barry Obama


22 posted on 04/04/2014 10:50:39 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: wetphoenix
raising the price by $100 to $485 for every 1,000 cubic meters of gas

1,000 cubic meters is 35,315 cubic feet, or 35mcf and about the same MMBTUs. Therefore, Russia is increasing the price from $2.80 to $13.70. The average European import price is about $11.00, varying widely by location. The U.S. Henry Hub spot market is around $4.50, but liquifaction, shipping to Europe and regasification will cost $3.50 and it isn't even permitted by Obama.

So Putin's new price is close to, if not "spot on" the market.

Neither the U.S. nor the Ukraine, has reason to complain.

23 posted on 04/04/2014 11:55:47 AM PDT by Kennard
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To: wetphoenix

Europeans, not all, but most, have made their own bed by closing coal and nuclear plants. Now they will pay dearly for their ignorance.


24 posted on 04/04/2014 8:36:40 PM PDT by Voltage
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