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Ukraine Making First Gas Payment To Russia
Seattle Times ^ | 5-30-2014 | GEIR MOULSON

Posted on 05/30/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT by tcrlaf

Edited on 05/30/2014 12:12:27 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Ukraine's gas company, Naftogaz, announced at a European Union-mediated meeting in Berlin Friday with Gazprom and the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers that it has transferred $786 million to Gazprom, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. That covers deliveries in February and March, a period for which the price charged to Ukraine is undisputed, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; gas; gasputin; naturalgas; russia; ukraine
This is around 20% of what Ukraine owes Russia for the gas they have already used, dating back to January.

The Financial Times tweeted just 6 minutes ago that talks to avoid a Monday cutoff broke off today without an agreement, nut a new round of talks have been set for next week.

Tweet from "the Government of Russia"s official account: Ukraine says it has paid part of what it owes for gas. Let’s look at the amount. We must make sure that they are willing to pay Medvedev

Also interesting: Russia's LifeNews is reporting that the US Ambassador to Ukraine told Poroshenko instructions not to give on the gas issue, and instead sue Russia for Crimea.

VERY interesting Tweet from the Wall Street Journal's correspondent in Kiev, Anton Troianovski: "Oettinger says Ukraine's gas payment will travel from Kiev to a bank in NY to a Gazprom account in Moscow."

So, who is REALLY paying for this payment???

1 posted on 05/30/2014 12:10:10 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

Hmmm. Wasn’t Russia’s seizure of Crimea payment enough?


2 posted on 05/30/2014 1:13:19 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: tcrlaf

Gas payment = “Pull grandpa’s finger...”


3 posted on 05/30/2014 1:53:51 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: tcrlaf

There really does need to be compensation for the loss of Crimea to Russia. I’d say that more than covers whatever debt Ukraine owes Russia.


4 posted on 05/31/2014 3:57:26 AM PDT by FBD
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