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A storm is brewing in the East despite temporary gas truce

The January 2006 Russia-Ukraine gas deal has been temporarily extended to the autumn; a temporary truce largely driven by Russia's position as chair of the G8. There are two events on the horizon with potentially serious implications for the reliability of gas supplies to Europe: Yulia Tymoshenko's appointment as Ukrainian prime minister, and Turkmenistan's decision to hike gas prices to Russia.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jul 2006
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Blue Inc looks east as international expansion gains momentum

Value clothing retailer Blue Inc, with financial backing from its new chairman Sir Stuart Rose and high-profile investors the Reuben Brothers, plans to expand its international presence. The retailer, which already has a growing online operation in the US, Russia, and the Baltic and other Eastern European states, plans to open stores in Ukraine, Latvia, and Lithuania later this year.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2012
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Brinkmanship in Kiev and Moscow can only last so long

In stark contrast to their 2006 gas dispute, Ukraine's political leaders bear as much responsibility for the current standoff as their Russian counterparts. Although Kiev perhaps believes that it is in the country's best interests to continue delaying an agreement, such tactics are already eroding support for its situation in Western capitals.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2009
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Commerzbank: eastern ambitions should shore up recovery

Commerzbank has reported encouraging 2005 results, marking an end to a number of poor years for the bank. However, the lender cannot rest on its laurels and faces a number of challenges ahead. First and foremost will be the mammoth task of integrating recent acquisition Eurohypo into its business. Then the bank will look to continue its expansion through M&A.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Feb 2006
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Crunch time for Nabucco

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan delivered a pointed message to European energy markets on a three-day visit to Brussels last week, stating that, if talks on Turkey's accession to the EU remain blocked: "we would of course review our position". This was Ankara 'playing the energy card', and demonstrated how developments through 2008 have changed Europe's energy outlook.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jan 2009
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Differing motivations for European gas players expanding upstream in the east

Three of Europe's leading gas players have all recently announced upstream investment plans in Russia and the Ukraine. While these plans form a core part of each player's strategy and are certainly judicious in the current climate, the motivations behind them differ markedly.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Feb 2006
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Europe could do so much more to end the Russia-Ukraine standoff

Headlines have tentatively suggested that the Russia-Ukraine gas crisis is coming to a close, and EU monitors are now in place on both sets of borders, independently verifying which party is withholding the gas. However, while this is an important step, the underlying issues remain stubbornly unresolved.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Jan 2009
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European energy security: Ukraine-Russia gas deal poses long term questions

A compromise deal has been struck that will see Ukraine paying twice as much for Russian gas than it has done until now. The agreement follows Russian action to cut pipeline capacity through Ukraine on January 1, 2006. Yet the game of brinkmanship has understandably caused consternation in the EU, raising long term questions over supply.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jan 2006
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Gazprom and Naftogaz: closer relationship likely

A partnership between Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz, inconceivable 18 months ago, now looks likely. With Ukraine under pressure to reduce its massive budget deficit, and with Russia keen to shore up a key route to the European gas market in the face of increasing competition, some form of takeover seems imminent.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Sep 2010
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CommentWire

Gazprom: casting the net further

The EU wants to restructure the import process for non-community gas, in a way that will cut exporters' margins. Unsurprisingly, this has driven Russia's Gazprom to find other outlets for its gas production, with deals underway in Turkey and China. However, it is also still keeping a strong presence in Europe, taking control of its distribution network.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2002

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