President Viktor Yanukovych lets Russia keep its Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol until 2042, in exchange for “cheaper” gas in the next decade.
Gas, guns and geopolitics are mixing with volatility once again in Ukrainian-Russian relations.
For the past five years, ex-President Viktor Yushchenko accused his Russian counterparts of neo-imperialistic bullying as he sought to align the nation with the West.
The Russian leadership tandem of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, in return, accused Ukraine of many sins, including stealing its natural gas en route through pipelines to European customers. Russia meted out punishment in various ways, including turning off the energy taps twice…
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