Map of Europe’s pipelines:
However, there are now new issues with the deal. This past Wednesday, Ukraine’s Security Service, backed by President Viktor Yushchenko, raided Naftogaz looking for documents relating to the deal with Russia from a few months prior. They opened a criminal case this past Monday concerning misappropriated transit gas worth over $880 million by some Naftogaz officers. Apparently, they were trying to disrupt the deal between Ukraine’s Prime Minister (political enemy of Ukraine’s President...hmmm) Yulia Tymoshenko and Gazprom. The day after the raid of Naftogaz, Putin gave Ukraine an ultimatum, saying that Russia would shut off the pipes to not only Ukraine, but the rest of Europe if they didn’t pay for its gas deliveries within the next two days. Needless to say, Naftogaz had paid in full ($50 million) by the end of the day. Putin publicly announced his concern about “Ukraine’s abilities to be a partner and a contributor to energy solutions.”
It would be very scary to think that the countries responsible for providing and allowing for transportation of the fuel used to heat your home were not getting along so great. This isn’t just an issue between Gazprom and Naftogaz or Russia and Ukraine, but for Europe as a whole.