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EU May Sidestep Ukraine on Gazprom Deal Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Mon, Jun 16, 2014, 11:38 PM

The European Union (EU) may soon throw the Ukraine under the bus in order to receive reliable natural gas shipments from Gazprom in Russia.

The Journal of Turkish Weekly, "If Ukraine disrupts Russian gas transit via its territory, the European Commission is ready to negotiate increased deliveries through the Opal pipeline, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Monday."

EU countries could receive gas from Russia through the Opal pipeline that does not cross through the Ukraine.

According to the Journal of Turkish Weekly, "The Opal pipeline connects the Nord Stream pipeline with Europe’s gas transportation network. Gazprom was unable to run Nord Stream at full capacity because Europe restricted the volumes of gas permitted for delivery via Opal, under the terms of the so-called EU’s Third Energy Package, which stipulates that the companies involved in gas production cannot be the owners of the long distance pipelines located in the region."

It's quite likely that only the Ukraine would suffer with Gazprom shutting down its pipelines to Kiev.

To read the entire article from the Journal of Turkish Weekly, link here:

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