The New Atlanticist

As (somewhat) anticipated, Russia reduced the flow of gas to Ukraine on New Year’s Day because of ongoing disputes over prices for 2009 and unpaid bills. However, unlike the briefer affair in 2006, this spat has evolved into a full-scale crisis with news today that Russia has cut off gas to Europe entirely (see my colleague James Joyner’s piece). I’ve gathered some multimedia about the current gridlock. It’s hard to see how Russia is doing itself any favors.

Eastern and southern European countries are, expectedly, more dependent on Russian gas than western European ones and as such were the first to be affected by the shortage. Under normal circumstances, Gazprom exports around 300 million cubic meters (mcm) of gas per day to Europe via Ukraine, according to the Globe and Mail. After the new year, this was reduced first to 100 mcm a day, then stopped completely, so western Europe is now feeling the pinch as well


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  1. Global crisis as Russians see it
    The corridors in office buildings have either pluses or minuses. Let’s not speak about minuses but about pluses. Everybody knows each other; you can hear helloes, greetings, goodmornings.

    But the last few months silence dominates here.

    Crowds of clients just disappeared, nobody enters and asks:”Sorry, where can I find?..” , there are no more strangers smoking in common rest rooms, girls from nearby offices don’t rush in asking to change money for a change. The director of real estate office drooped off, you can’t hear scissors and hairdryers from a hairdressing salon, and women from the office you never could spell its name frequently hang “Closed for today” card. People drink a lot in the offices and it’s impossible to breathe in smoking areas. Visits of Santa and parties had been cancelled this year.

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