European partners have left Russia with “no alternative” but to halt supplies of gas to Ukraine and Europe, according to a letter from Russian president Putin to European leaders.
The remarks, as Reuters reports, were the strongest sign yet that Russia could curtail supplies of gas to (and through) Ukraine affecting supplies of gas to Europe (as they fear Ukraine will siphon off Russian gas meant for Europe). Russia is already reducing its delivery through Ukraine but it still represents 39% of Europe’s demand. Gazprom has also been forced to move to pre-payment terms on any future deliveries (there’s your IMF bailout).
President Vladimir Putin has told European leaders a dispute over Ukraine’s gas debt to Russia could affect supplies of Russian gas to Europe and proposed urgent discussions on the matter, his spokesman said on Thursday.
The remarks were the strongest sign yet that Russia could curtail supplies of gas to Ukraine, which could increase tension between Moscow and Kiev and aggravate the worst crisis in East-West ties since the Cold War.
“The situation is urgent,” Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said after Putin sent a letter expressing deep concern aboutUkraine’s $2.2 billion gas debt and warning of a possible impact on the transit of Russian gas to the European Union.
In the letter, Putin proposed “mechanisms of dialogue for urgent discussions of the situation that has developed,” Peskov said. He did not give any details about the proposal or say which leaders were addressed.
Putin also added that Ukraine is in trouble…
Reuters further adds that:
We are sure any new sanctions that Obama and his motley crew are coming up with have all of this in mind…
In sum, Russia is saying that Ukraine must build its own gas reserves to guarantee that there is enough for Europe.. and Ukraine is saying no… Russia is thus implying that European gas supplies are at risk because Ukraine will take the gas supposedly traveling to Europe.
Courtesy: Tyler Durden via Zerohedge
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