Loory: Russia and Ukraine are fighting over supplies of natural gas and as a result the Russian natural gas giant, Gazprom, has turned off the supply. Russia has huge natural gas reserves, selling much of it to Southern and Western Europe. Most of the supply pipelines go through Ukraine. So when Gazprom turns the gas off to Ukraine, all of the nations of Europe receiving that gas feel the cold. Gazprom says that Ukraine owes it $615 million in penalties for being a month late in payment of its bill. Ukraine disputes the charge. The real dispute is between the leaderships of Russia and Ukraine. Russian officials also say the United States is pulling the strings and creating this conflict. The European Union, whose member states are suffering from this, blame both Ukraine and Russia. Gazprom says it is willing to turn the flow to Europe back on but Ukraine is not permitting it. Why has this dispute escalated to what it is?
Russia plays political games with natural gas
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