Ukraine’s "Challenging" Energy Woes
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  • PDX_traveler

    Okay, I confess I have to give up – what would be a Ukraine policy with more feck in it look like? For example, no more half-hearted sanctions – an outright outlawing of all commercial contracts with Russia? ‘Phase gazillion’ sanctions? NATO forces on the ground in Donetsk? What exactly is your position?
    And how would this more feckful policy magically warm up the Ukrainian ’14-’15 winter? Why stop short of elucidating this?

    • Andrew Allison

      What the feck [sorry, irresistible]? TAI’s position, namely that blame for the mess in Ukraine can largely be laid at the feet of the Western, especially EU, powers, and that there doesn’t seem to be much alternative to writing Putin a check seems pretty clear. Arguably, the EU owes Ukraine for bringing about this catastrophe, but a smart move might be, Ukraine obviously being unable to pay the bill, to split it with Gazprom as a humanitarian gesture (perhaps throwing in some sanction relief).

      • Sibir_RUS

        Russia is already helping Ukraine. Millions of citizens from all over Ukraine earn in Russia – it brings income to the budget of Ukraine. About 2 million refugees Donbass fled to Russia (It is women, children and the elderly.). We send trucks with humanitarian aid in Lugansk and Donetsk, participate in recovery destroyed towns and villages, urge all sides of the conflict in Ukraine to begin peace negotiations through dialogue between Kiev and South-Eastern regions, including Odessa.
        Gazprom offered Kiev discounts on gas$ 100 per thousand cubic meters. No “thanks” from official Kiev! Aid from the US and the EU still not. If real help will come only from Russia, Ukrainians will not emerge from the crisis, people will feel cheated and it will the next Maidan 3.0, 4.0, 5.0… etc.

    • f1b0nacc1

      Drink, feck, girls

  • Pete

    “The U.S. has a team on the ground in Ukraine to analyze the current energy and heating situation—and to try to figure out how the country will make it through its often brutal winter..”

    It is simple. Pay your past bills.

  • Sibir_RUS

    Victoria Nuland fed revolutionaries cookies.
    Leaders of the EU countries and the USA danced on the Maydan 2.0.
    Now let them pay for the debts of Ukraine to Gazprom.

  • Sibir_RUS

    American documentary film took at the show in Siena audience award.

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