Yesterday on Wednesday the EU negotiated with Gazprom in Moscow. The EU negotiators had three aims:
- Pressure Russia into extending the special winter pricing on gas supplies to Ukrainian due to end in March,
- Force Russia to further unilateral concessions by forcing all European energy purchases to happen through a new “European Energy Union”,
- Pressure Russia to resurrect the canceled South Stream gas pipeline project and build it in accordance with the restrictive rules of the Third Energy Package.
The Russian response was a cold shower.
Firstly, Gazprom said there is no need for a special summer agreement on Ukrainian gas purchases, as a valid contract already exists.
In practice, this means that all the concessions Kiev has received for the winter season are temporary and there is no space for negotiations. If the EU wants to ensure their gas transits through Ukraine then it…
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