Russia Shuts Off All Gas Supplies Via Ukraine, Leaving Europe in the Cold
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia has shut off all its gas supplies to Europe through Ukraine — the latest move in a pricing dispute that has reduced or halted fuel deliveries to a dozen countries during a winter cold snap. The effects of Moscow's bitter fight with Ukraine over gas payments is quickly spreading westward.
By early Wednesday, Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia, Serbia and Turkey had all reported a halt in gas shipments, while France, Germany, Austria, Poland and Hungary had reported substantial drops in supplies from Russia.
And apparently we're giving it to them, seeing as prices are starting to rise again
1/19/09, the last day of Free America.
Pericles "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. "
"[T]he people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." --Samuel Adams
European Union issues 24-hour deadline for Russia to restore gas supplies
Mirek Topolanek, the Czech prime minister whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, threatened to treat the conflict as a political and diplomatic snub to Europe if talks between Gazprom and Naftogaz scheduled for Thursday failed to settle a dispute over gas prices.
"There is a political dimension to this problem," said Mr Topolanek said. "Tomorrow is a key day. If supplies are not restored tomorrow, then we will have to see a strong EU intervention."