Gazprom says Ukraine paid another $15mn, enough for 5 days gas

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Gazprom says Ukraine paid another $15mn, enough for 5 days gas (RT, March 5, 2015):

Naftogaz has paid for 45.6 million cubic meters of gas which is enough to cover consumption for 5 days, according to Gazprom spokesperson Sergey Kupriyanov.

“Naftogaz has made a prepayment of $15 million for March gas supplies. Gazprom has received the sum into its payment account. This sum covers some 45.6 million cubic meters of gas, which is enough only for 5 days,” Kupriyanov said.

Currently Ukraine is accepting 10 million cubic meters of gas daily, Kupriyanov explained.

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Putin Slams Ukraine Decision To Cut-Off Gas To East As “Genocidal”

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Putin Slams Ukraine Decision To Cut-Off Gas To East As “Genocidal” (ZeroHedge, Feb 25, 2015):

Ukrainian authorities decision to halt gas supplies to Donetsk amid the ongoing humanitarian catastrophe occurring there “bear the hallmarks of genocide,” blasted Russia’s Vladimir Putin during an awkward press conference with Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades (who he had just agreed bilateral military and trade deals with). “Apparently, some responsible leaders of the modern-day Ukraine are unable to understand the importance of humanitarian issues,” Sputnik News reports Putin concluded. In an attempt to gain leverage and force Ukraine’s hand however, Russia’s Gazprom has indicated it intends to suspend gas deliveries to Ukraine (and thus Europe via pipelines) unless Kiev makes a further prepayment.

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Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

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Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries (ZeroHedge, Jan 14, 2015):

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these “transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine,” Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis “within hours.” Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was “completely unacceptable,” but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, “the decision has been made.”

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Ukraine PM Cries “Russia Wants Us To Freeze” As Locals Prepare For A Long, Cold Winter

Ukraine PM Cries “Russia Wants Us To Freeze” As Locals Prepare For A Long, Cold Winter (ZeroHedge, Sep 26, 2014):

We would like to be able to commiserate with Ukraine’s US-muppet regime, we really would, but when Ukraine’s PM Argeny Yatseniuk, or Yats as he is known to Victoria Nuland, almost cried in an interview with Reuters yesterday when he pleaded that “[Russia] wants us to freeze… This is the aim and this is another trump card in Russian hands…. So, except military offense, except military operation against Ukraine, they have another trump card, which is energy”. we have just two things to say to him: i) he is absolutely correct, about Russia having the trump card that is – something obvious to everyone with half a brain from the start of the conflict, and ii) perhaps Ukraine should finally pay Gazprom not only for the gas they would like to use in the future, but also the gas they have already used and payment for which is overdue and which the IMF, i.e., the US taxpayer, gave Ukraine explicit money to pay for and instead was embezzled by the people in power.

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Russia may restrict import of Western cars, clothes in new sanctions tit-for-tat

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Russia may restrict import of Western cars, clothes in new sanctions tit-for-tat (RT, Sep 12, 2014):

Imports of Western cars and clothes into Russia could be restricted as part of a second round of “retaliatory” measures prepared in response to the sanctions against Moscow, says presidential aide Andrey Belousov.

There are many sellers of non-agricultural goods in the West who are heavily dependent on the Russian market, the official said.

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US Unveils Latest Russian Sanctions, Putin Immediately Responds That Russia Drafting Retaliation

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US Unveils Latest Russian Sanctions, Putin Immediately Responds That Russia Drafting Retaliation (ZeroHedge, Sep 12, 2014):

Moments ago, as was widely preannounced, the US Treasury unveiled its latest round of Russian sanctions. While the bigger picture was well-known, here are some of the highlights:

  • U.S. SANCTIONS FOCUS ON FINANCIAL, ENERGY, DEFENSE SECTORS
  • U.S. TREASURY ADDS SBERBANK TO SANCTIONS LIST,
  • U.S. TREASURY SANCTIONS AFFECTS GAZPROM, GAZPROM NEFT, LUKOIL, ROSNEFT, AND SURGUTNEFTGAZ
  • U.S. TIGHTENS DEBT FINANCING RESTRICTIONS TO 30 DAYS

As Bloomberg reports, action deepens existing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, expands sanctions on Russia’s energy sector, targets additional energy- and defense-related firms, U.S. Treasury says in statement. “Today’s actions demonstrate our determination to increase the costs on Russia as long as it continues to violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Under  Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen says in statement

Treasury Dept says it “maintains significant scope to expand these sanctions.”

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Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The “Nuclear Option” Against Russia

Here Is Why Europe Just Launched The “Nuclear Option” Against Russia (ZeroHedge, Sep 8, 2014):

Europe’s leaders, we assume under pressure from Washington, appear to be making a big weather-related bet with their taxpayers’ lives this winter.  As they unleash funding sanctions on Russia’s big energy producers, Europe has pumped a record volume of natural gas into underground inventories in an effort to ‘outlast’ Russia and mitigate any Napoleonic “Winter War” scenario. The plan appears to be to starve Russian energy firms of cashflow – as flows to Europe are already plunging – and remove their funding ability, potentially forcing severe hardship on Russia’s key economic drivers. There appears to be 3 potential problems with this plan…

As Bloomberg reports,

Europe’s reliance on Russian natural gas shipments via Ukraine is declining after the region pumped a record volume of the fuel into underground inventories, minimizing the risk of shortages during the coming winter.

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Europe Goes ‘All In’: Will Sanction Gazprom, Rosneft And Transneft

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Europe Goes “All In”: Will Sanction Rosneft, Gazprom Neft And Transneft (ZeroHedge, Sep 7, 2014):

Until this moment, the main reason why everyone mostly dismissed Europe’s sanctions against Russia is that despite all its pompous rhetoric, Europe consistently refused to hit Russia where it would hurt: its energy titans Gazprom, Rosneft And Transfneft. The reason is simple: by imposing sanctions on these core energy exporters, Europe would directly threaten the stability of its own energy imports (Russia accounts for up to 30% of German gas imports), and as winter approaches with every passing day, playing with the energy status quo would seem like economic suicide. This all appears to have changed last Friday, when as the FT reports from a leaked copy, Europe’s latest sanctions round will boldly go where Europe has never dared to go before, and impose sanctions on the big three: Rosneft, Gazprom Neft and Transneft.

This is what is known in game theory terms as a major defection round.

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Russia’s Gazprom To Fall Under New EU Capital Ban – Sources

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– Russia’s Gazprom to fall under new EU capital ban – sources (RT, Sep 7, 2014):

Russia’s Gazprom Bank and oil producer Gazprom Neft will fall under new sanctions approved by the European Union on Friday, Reuters cited an EU diplomat as saying. The sanctions reportedly include a new ban on raising capital in the 28-nation bloc.

The sanctions were agreed against Russia for its alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis, the diplomatic source said.

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