Russian President Medvedev says Russia considers the EU-mediated deal to monitor gas flow across Ukraine void because of changes made by Ukraine.
The President urged that Ukraine should withdraw its declaration that accompanies the agreement. They will not restart the gas supplies to Europe until it has a valid deal.
As Bohdan Sokolovsky, an energy adviser to the Ukrainian president, told the Associated Press the declaration was only a statement explaining the Ukrainian position. He accused Moscow of exerting political and economic pressure on Ukraine.
"Russia has turned the gas war into a gas circus where bears have already forgotten that they can be tamed," Sokolovsky told The Associated Press. "The Kremlin is consciously creating conflict."
Now that's cold. And the madness continues.
As a result Slovakia has decided to restart a totally out-of-date Soviet-era nuclear reactor in Bohunice (that was shut down in December at the request of the European Union for safety reasons) because it faces a lack of energy due to the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia.
This makes me shiver, and not because of the cold. The ancient Bohunice reactor is only 100 kilometres off Vienna.