1. Ukraine has enough gas stored to last for 3 months this time - all the way until April.
2. 60% of Russia's federal budget comes from oil and gas taxes! This is a third-world country's level of dependence on energy.
INTERNATIONAL / EUROPE January 02, 2009
Russia Cuts Off Gas Deliveries to Ukraine
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
The Russian energy giant Gazprom shut natural gas deliveries in a move that could spell shortages for Europe.
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Philip P. Pan, A11 (Post)
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