Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Russia totally cuts off Ukraine and by extension parts of europe

While the world has been witnessing the attrocities in Gaza.. Well as much as one can bear of that anyway. Let's take a peak at the Russian/Ukraine situation affecting Europe.

Wondering does this have to do with the stance the Ukraine took in the ill-fated move Georgia made on Ossetia? Payback for NATO's role in that? Hmmm?



MOSCOW/KIEV
Russian gas flows to Europe through Ukraine shut down completely on Wednesday, reducing power to industries and homes in south-east Europe and disrupting supplies to major economies.

The dispute, over gas prices and debts owed by Ukraine to Russia, left thousands of households in Bulgaria without heating and hit supplies as far west as France and Germany as Europe faced freezing mid-winter temperatures.

“Russia, which supplies 80 per cent of its gas to Europe through Ukraine, has left Europe without gas. There is zero transit,” said Valentin Zemlyansky, a spokesman for Ukrainian state energy firm Naftogaz.

Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom blamed Ukraine for the closure. It said Russia was still pumping a small volume of gas to Ukraine and accused Kiev of keeping it.



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