Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Reader feedback: Virtual deadlock

Re: Pressure in Russia's gas pipeline in Slovakia drops, Flash News, January 2, 2005

Russia may feel strong because she has the gas, but Ukraine has the pipeline that feeds a quarter of Europe's gas needs. According to the former contract between Russia and Ukraine, Ukraine can syphon off 15 percent as a payment for the use of the pipeline; now there is neither an agreement nor a contract.

Both parties appear to feel that they hold the stronger cards, but in reality there is a virtual deadlock here. One thing is clear though, the EU should have foreseen that this could happen, and should have dealt with this eventuality rather than talking Turkey!

The EU needs uranium from Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan wants to profit from the steady and high income from the also abundantly available oil and gas. To achieve that there needs to be a pipeline from there to Western Europe. That pipeline has to run through Turkey.

France has given us the example [to follow]; some 80 percent of her electricity is produced by nuclear facilities, while the rest comes from hydroelectric sources (including the tide). BP is frantically busy building a pipeline through Turkey, but it will take quite some time before that can become operational. The EU has been looking towards the future so much, that it has had no time to look at the present.

Oscar,
Radošovce, Slovakia

Top stories

Third anti-corruption march drew thousands Photo

The only demand that has been met to date is the abrogation of Vladimír Mečiar’s amnesties by parliament.

The anti-corruption march

Ballet legend Sergei Polunin will be guest of SND

The world-renowned personality of contemporary ballet will present two choreographies at the Slovak National Theatre in September.

Sergei Polunin

Voters don’t understand self-governing regions

Rules for regional elections change, which may bring some surprising victories.

One of the biggest fights is expected in Banská Bystrica Region.

Blog: In Slovakia, tradition is key

The year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries.

Traditional "vinobranie" event in Pezinok.