Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
The brain dead students (we can just call them O-bots) don't have any clue how much more difficult they just made their lives. Ukraine gets over 1/2 it's nat gas from Russia at a cut rate contracted price. Russia isn't doing that to be nice, they expect something in return. Instead they got a full-on coup with open invites for EU and America to come get involved.
Every economy runs on cheap energy. Without exception. Putin isn't saying anything publicallh which ought to scare the Ukrainians. If he pulls the trap door on the gas for a nation already teetering on insolvency.....
Putin isn't saying anything publicly because Medvedev is. Medvedev is talking about Russian troop involvement justified by a bunch of nonsense.
As far as the gas prices go, that massively discounted price you mentioned is pretty much the standard going rate for other European countries. So Russia told Ukraine: "Hey, we're brothers so we decided to stop raping you with our old prices, but, hey, can we please park our Southern Fleet in your waters in return? Also, can you please make sure and stick to our system of endemic corruption where everything is run by the mob and everyone answers to the Godfather, Putin? There really is no reason to look to the West when everything is so perfect right here. Thanks!" How dare Ukraine be such an ingrate.