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.”

As Bloomberg reports,

Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey, a surprise move that the European Union’s energy chief said would hurt its reputation as a supplier.

The decision makes no economic sense, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, told reporters today after talks with Russian government officials and the head of gas exporter, OAO Gazprom, in Moscow.

Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas supplier, plans to send 63 billion cubic meters through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey, fully replacing shipments via Ukraine, Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said during the discussions. About 40 percent of Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey travel through Ukraine’s Soviet-era network.

Sefcovic said he was “very surprised” by Miller’s comment, adding that relying on a Turkish route, without Ukraine, won’t fit with the EU’s gas system.

Gazprom plans to deliver the fuel to Turkey’s border with Greece and “it’s up to the EU to decide what to do” with it further, according to Sefcovic.

Which, as The Daily Mail reports, has led to a major (and imminent) problem for Europe…

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis ‘within hours’ as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.

This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.

Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.

Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

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As Bloomberg goes on to note, Gazprom has reduced deliveries via Ukraine after price and debt disputes with the neighboring country that twice in the past decade disrupted supplies to the EU during freezing weather.

“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options” except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.

“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.

Russia won’t hurt its image with a shift to Turkey because it has always been a reliable gas supplier and never violated its obligations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters today in Moscow after meeting Sefcovic.

“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”

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That helps to explain today’s epic meltup in NatGas futures…

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“They [the Russians] have reduced deliveries to 92million cubic metres per 24 hours compared to the promised 221million cubic metres without explanation,” said Valentin Zemlyansky of the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz.

“We do not understand how we will deliver gas to Europe. This means that in a few hours problems with supplies to Europe will begin.”

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Check to you Europe (i.e. Washington)… Because it’s getting might cold in Europe…

(and bear in mind the consequences of cold, pissed off Europeans in the past).

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4 thoughts on “Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

  1. Is this a way to get the EU leaders to dump the dollar and go with the rest of the world? Is it a way to make the US puppet government in the Ukraine so unpopular as to get them run out?
    I don’t know. But, it is a political move for a set result.

  2. Before the US got the EU to put up fool sanctions against Russia, Russia contributed E120 billion a year to EU GDP. Once the sanctions were put in place, Russia stopped buying their vehicles, or anything else. China has the blueprints for everything they need, so China get the orders instead.

    The EU, deeply buried in debt cannot afford to do without Russian income for long.

    It is but a matter of time. France has already called for a withdrawal of the sanctions, and Germany has voiced concern with the sanctions and has told the US to stay the hell out of Russia. If the US is fool enough to invade Russia, they still will not get their financial standing back.

    Russia is playing hardball with the EU. The EU will be forced to act in their own financial best interests, and dump the dollar and join the open basket of currencies offered by BRICS. Once that happens, the dollar will collapse.

  3. Did the west think they were the only ones who could cripple another country without conventional weapons?! Good for them! It’s about time they flexed some muscle!
    Unacceptable is the European Unions response!!!!!
    How about accusing a nation of the very things that you are guilty of as well without any proof whatsoever! I’m so sure with all the satalites in the sky and all other means of spying we can’t prove that Russia invaded the Ukraine……
    Sounds like a croc of crap to me…………

  4. To Josh: Years ago, we had a brilliant marketeer working with us. He gave me a very valuable tool: If you want to find out about someone, just ask him about other people. They will tell you what they are every time.

    It is a very clear and simple philosophy, and it has worked well for me for decades…..

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