Eastern Europe: Who's afraid of Gazprom?

  • 2006-01-18
  • By Robert Parsons
RFE/RL - Amid the confusion of the recent deal struck between Russia and Ukraine over the supply of gas, one thing remains clear: Although, as the world's main producer of gas, Russia wields immense power, it cannot ride roughshod over the wishes of its consumers. Ukraine forced Russia to compromise with a recent deal between the two countries. And it managed to do so primarily because the pipeline that supplies 90 percent of Russia's gas to Western Europe runs through Ukrainian territory. Little wonder then that the attempts by Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, to buy Ukraine's gas transp...
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