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 Former Gazprom Chairman: We Never Had a Worse Neighbor Than Ukraine. They did not Pay for Gas and are Always Stealing it

Russia and Gazprom never had a worse neibor than Ukraine. The country did not pay for gas and was and till this day is stealing gas.

In an interview to Forbes the founde and ex-chairman of Gazprom Rem Vyahirev said: "it was a major Soviet blunder to build all the pipes through Ukraine. We have never had a worse neighbor, they used to not pay at all and also stole gas. And they are still stealing it. They all steal... they just do not have a good coordinator".

"And I think they should not have put Yulia Tymoshenko in prison", he added.

Russia has accused Ukraine of unsanctioned extraction of gas numerous times. Thus, similar statements regarding the gas debts were first voiced in 1993. Later - in 2000, 2006 and 2009. On January 1, 2009 at 10 a.m. Moscow time Gazprom has compleely ceased the gas suply to Ukraine since the contract has expired. In February of 2012 the gas war was almost happened again. Gazprom head Alexey Miller stated that in the beginning of the year Ukraine conducted unauthorized extraction of fuel intended for European consumers. In his turn president Medvedev noted that all unsanctioned extraction cases have to be reviewed.

 
 
 
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