Russia and Ukraine have agreed a new natural gas transit arrangement to facilitate Russian natural gas through Ukraine to Europe. The EU was in on the negotiations, and it’s pleased. Maros Sefcovic, who was Vice-President of the European Commission for the Energy Union until last January and who then transitioned to Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, led the EU’s part of the negotiations. He now says,
Russia remains a reliable supplier to European markets and Ukraine maintains its role as a strategic transit country.
Never mind that this reliable supplier has already used Ukrainian transit pipelines to blackmail both Ukraine (over unpaid bills) and the EU (over Russia’s demand that the EU do what Russia wants). The same Russian government personnel who led those blackmails remain in place in the Russian government.