A detailed look at Russia's energy games.
The second lesson is that Russia’s imperial ambitions must be stopped today. It is important to stand by Ukraine and the other countries that lie between Germany and Russia. Rerouting Russian gas directly into Germany via the Baltic Sea, whilst bypassing Ukraine, Poland or the Baltics, should not be allowed. So long as Gazprom remains a Russian state-owned gas monopoly, it is necessary that some other authorities – be it other governments – are in a position to exert some control over the company’s gas deliveries. And seeing as Russia has apparently remained under the political control of former agents of the previous communist regime, such as KGB veteran Putin, it is imperative that Ukraine be brought into NATO.