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Ukraine Inks Cushy New Gas Deal
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  • Andrew Allison

    There’s more to this than meets the eye. Gazprom is currently the primary source of gas for Ukraine and Western Europe. Why would it agree to a 40% discount and suspension of the take-or-pay clause for Ukraine? Could it be that Gazprom has more need for revenue than customers willing to pay premium prices for i’s gas? Europe, it appears, has begun to awaken to the danger of relying on Russian gas, is busy developing alternatives (LNG) and seems to be willing to sell it’s take-or-pay gas to Ukraine. Russia’s leverage may be less than it appears to be.

    • f1b0nacc1

      I suspect that you have a good insight here. This may be nothing more than a ‘take the money and run’ approach as well, as Gazprom locks in a sale so that they can get rid of the gas at a stable price as the market collapses around them

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