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Speaking of SouthStream ... does anyone have any commentary on this?   Is this some discreet affirmation that Ukraine has always been the problem & not Russia?  Or is Europe just such a junkie they can't afford to be picky?  To the casual outsider, it seems curious that when Europe is not flipping out about being dependent on Russia for gas, they are busy signing agreements for new ways to get gas from Russia.  Just sayin'.

Where did everyone get their gas from before these pipelines?  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Mon May 18th, 2009 at 04:21:10 PM EST
The reason for these apparently divergent positions on Russian gais is that it's not Europe that's negotiating, but individual nation states, based on their national interests.

There was a meeting on May 15th in Sotchi between Putin, Miller, and the leaders of the Bulgarian, Greek, Serbian and Italian gas sectors to sign the deal paving the way for the € 8.6 billion project which should be completed by 2012. So the project is now officially launched.

by vladimir on Tue May 19th, 2009 at 03:05:42 AM EST
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