Tuesday, January 03, 2006

russia says, never mind

Russia's Gazprom says "oops, never mind," suddenly realizing that its short-term goal of getting the Ukrainians to cough up nearly five times more for its natural gas was at odds with its long-term goal of getting Western Europe hooked on said gas so Tsar Putin's Russia can threaten THEM with cutoffs further down the road.

I mean, so Russia can solidify its reputation as a reliable provider of cheap energy products for the mutual benefit of the people of the European Union and profit-, freedom- and democracy-loving Mother Russia.