January 17, 2009
Mr. Medvedev, deputy chairman of Gazprom and director general of Gazprom Export has written an opinion about the gas crisis in the Wall Street Journal Online. I think this is a respectable argument on a respectable forum.
Gazprom is owned by Russia, and Russia, and it can be argued that sometimes it represents non-business interests. However, Ukraine is one of the most corrupted countries, a quasi-bankrupt and quasi-failed state, so caution is required in this argument. I think that Mr. Medvedev’s analogies are very good in the article.
Ukraine claimed that Gazprom had to supply the gas needed to fuel the transmission system itself, the so-called “technical gas,” for free. This is like a taxi driver asking you to pay your fare, and then driving you to the gas station and asking you to pay to fill up his tank.
I think the that the current energy crisis is very serious, and I just want to recall: the EU must find out what it want to do with Ukraine. It looks that Ukraine will not sort itself out and even the Russians are not so keen on doing it. I really disagree with the single-minded view of Mr. Rhein on his blogactiv Energy & Climate blog.Author : Dániel Antal