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The countdown to a new gas crisis

For Naftogaz Ukraine, things are very clear: the company has no money to pay for gas. Annual gas war between  Russia and Ukraine, most likely, can start again. The president of Ukraine, Victor Yushchenko, has addressed to the chief of National Bank of the country, Vladimir Stelmahu with the request to solve this problem. The national bank of Ukraine will lead board meeting which should solve — whether to allocate the help for Naftogaz Ukraine.

The vice-president of Gazprom, Alexander Medvedev said that the payment should be put into practice today or no later than the following days until January 11. Notice that Russia and Ukraine agreed new terms on December 2009 for oil transit to Europe, averting the threat of another year-end energy crisis after Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Kiev of “abuse” on the deal. “We are ready to deliver, we have a contract, but if any of the transit countries abuse, what can you do?”  premier Vladimir Putin said during a visit to Russia’s Far East region. Amid the numerous allegations of election campaign, the Ukrainian president again criticizes Yulia Timoshenko’s government for the gas contracts signed in January, 2009 with Russia. In the same time, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko  (who ranked second in the election battle after pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovici) denied her country would have any problem paying its Russia gas bills. I recall that in Ukraine on January 17 will be held first round of presidential elections. Although after discussions in December with Yulia Timoshenko, Prime Minister Putin said that all conditions have been created to avoid a new gas crisis, but admitted that problems could arise due to fight election in Ukraine. The countdown started.

Update 8 ian. 2010: Ukrainian company Naftogaz has paid the full bill for natural gas supplied by Russia in December 2009, officially confirmed a spokesman for the Russian giant Gazprom.

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Week Review (16 – 21 march 2009)

It was a week in that to review the economic indicators foreshadows the  spectrum of a recession without precedent in world history.

obama_jay-lenoForecasts increasingly bleak U.S. economy led by President Obama to come to the show “Jay Leno Show”. Obviously all about the crisis they spokes. Also about the scandal bonuses from AIG, about the people closest to the president. But also about how to “cool” is to fly Air Force One, even if it fails to impress on their daughters Obama family. In addition, the world has learned that even United States President cannot do he wants if the Security  Service says, “No, sir. No. Sorry”. Certainly PR president had reason for joy. And Americans have forgotten time of 30 minutes of the crisis. He was pleasant.

Surprise at the EU foreign ministers (CAGRE) in Brussels. At Chapter energy package, the final conclusions Nabucco project name has been replaced with the name “southern energy corridor”. Romania, Austria, Poland and Slovenia not wants to accept the new name entered. More, the discussions about this project seem to tense again relationships in the EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “Nabucco should not be funded from public money”. Even if apparently surprising, I noted that the  Merkel’ statement come to the found of Gazprom’s refusal to participate in this project. Finally, European leaders reached an agreement, that Nabucco will appear on the list of joint projects on energy.

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Romanian President Traian Basescu had a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko in Brussels in the margin the European People’s Party meeting, which preceded the spring European Council meeting, inform the agency Interfax-Ukraine, cited Kyiv Post newspaper. Remember that President Traian Basescu had to go to visit Ukraine at the end of February, but the visit was postponed at the last minute for reasons that have not been clearly explained by officials. Soon after, spoke of the scandal of spying on the recipient Ukraine – via KGB,  followed by expulsions of diplomats by both sides. (Although it were never made public details of the talks  between the two presidents, clearly Basescu assured  his  Ukrainian  counterpart on the Romanian’s support for accession to Euro-Atlantic structures.)

Returned from Brussels, where the prospect of financial collapse of Ukraine not too excited (deh, the crisis is everywhere!) Yushchenko gave interviews on tape stock: ARD German TV Channel, Ukrainean Channel 5, a clear sign that its popularity is the past. While premier Yulia Timosenko hopes to help from Moscow (obviously not devoid of cross), president Victor Yushchenko informed that next week he would hold a regular meeting with representatives of state authorities at which he expects them to complete work on anti-crisis package necessary for continuing cooperation between Ukraine and the IMF. He also repeated that resuming cooperation with the IMF is crucial for Ukraine in fighting economic crisis because it would give “green light for foreign investors”.

putin_kissingerAnd Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had a full week. Met with presidents, ministers, advisors, Prime Ministers. I noticed the discussion with 56th United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The two leaders  discussed a whole number of urgent international problems in the framework of the long-standing confidential dialogue. Kissinger made a brief visit to the exhibition of water colors by Sergei Andriyaka in the Government House, too.

Also noticed meeting with Ramzan Kadyrov. Friends know why. During the meeting Putin and Kadyrov discussed the social and economic situation in the region, in part, the labour market (Chechnya have unemployment – between 50% and 60%) and the efforts to eliminate the consequences of the earthquake in the republic.