Зашел на свой любимый nytimes.com (New York Times), и прочитал обалденный "информационный" материал. Шляпы долой, господа, американский журналист не сказал ни слова лжи. Все таки американские СМИ - это сурово, Путинскому ТВ еще расти и расти.
By ANDREW E. KRAMER
Published: January 4, 2009
MOSCOW — Gazprom, the Russian gas monopoly, raised its asking price again on Sunday for fuel sold to Ukraine, deepening a politically tinged dispute that had led to a complete halt in supplies to Ukraine and disruptions to four other Eastern European countries.
Gazprom initially offered to sell Ukraine gas for $250 per 1,000 cubic meters. When Ukraine countered with its own demand — that Russia pay more to ship fuel to Europe across its territory — Gazprom halted supplies on Thursday. The company said the earlier offer had expired and set a new price of $418 for the same volume.
By Saturday, pressure was falling in gas pipelines across Eastern Europe, in similar fashion to what occurred in a pricing dispute between Russia and Ukraine in 2006. Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria reported shortages of up to 30 percent over the weekend.
On Sunday, Gazprom’s chief executive, Aleksei B. Miller, said the company was asking Ukraine to pay $450 for 1,000 cubic meters in January, the Interfax news agency reported. It was not clear what price Gazprom would demand later in the year. The company is also asking Ukraine for $600 million in late fees.
The dispute has caught Ukraine’s economy, already wobbling from the global financial crisis, at a bad time.