"On the first day of 2006, the Russian Side, violating its contractual obligations started to decrease the volume of gas supply to Ukraine andEU member-states..
In such a way, a scenario was launched, with the aim to exert economic pressure, blackmail, and, ultimately, destabilize the Ukrainian economy and disrupt Russia’s gas supplies to consumers in EU countries...
The regrettable facts of demonstrative neglect of the contract in force and decreasing the volume of gas supply display the existence of certain forces in Moscow that spur the country on the way of unpredictability and blackmailing in regard of consumers in all countries...
The intimidations sounded by the statement of the MFA of the Russian Federation of January 1, 2006, are merely intended for poorly informed Russian citizens.."
"Although terms of gas supplies to Ukraine and Moldova differ, we believe this is a premeditated scenario of energy pressure and blackmail which is intent to undermine economic development and cause social destabilization in our countries.
Ukraine and Russia had signed several bilateral agreements and contracts that clearly stipulate principles of cooperation in the gas sector until 2013.
Ukraine and Moldova call on the European Union to help our countries:
1.resume talks with Russia with the participation of international experts;
2.gradually phase in market principles of cooperation;
3. use European pricing methods to set a price for Russian gas;
4. invoke a moratorium on gas prices before the completion of talks;
5. continue transiting gas to European consumers in accordance with existing bilateral documents
Just a day later, all differences between Russia and Ukraine were indecently quickly resolved, and the ambiguous and vague 4th January agreement cobbled together and signed by Alexei Miller of Gazprom and Oleksiy Ivchenko of Naftogaz Ukrainy in Moscow. Murky RosUkrEnergo was to be the monopolistic provider of all natural gas to Ukraine.
Why did it all happen so suddenly?
Well, an article in the Kyiv weekly 'Svoboda', reveals that on 3rd January, a few hours before the signing of the agreement, $53m were transferred by RosUkrEnergo via Raiffeisen Bank, to the account of Petrogaz, a company registered in the United Arab Emirates. Petrogaz is owned by Viktor Yuschenko's brother, Petro, a parliamentary deputy candidate in the NSNU Party led by Yuriy Yekhanurov, according to information circulating in the Ukrainian parliament. Copies of bank payment slips have come to light on the WWW.
URA-Inform Website posted information last Tuesday that on 31st March 2005 Oleksiy Ivchenko, head of Naftogaz Ukrainy, signed two agreements enabling Petrogaz to purchase 215Mcu of Turkmen gas at $28/Tcm..
[Current EU gas price is $200+]
On Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning URA-Inform' s offices were gutted in a fire...