Friday, February 20, 2015

Adding Insult to Injury

Are you freaking kidding me?

Ukraine must pay for Russian gas being supplied to rebel areas in the country's war-torn east, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, raising the possibility of another gas dispute in the midst of winter. ...

"According to existing contractual obligations, Kiev must pay for the Russian gas," Medvedev wrote on his Facebook page.

Well, contracts are sacred! (Cue Lenin spinning in his tomb) Unlike the UN Charter and the Budapest Memorandum which are more guidelines than iron-clad rules, apparently.

Not to mention a 1997 agreement that Russia signed with Ukraine to ratify Ukraine's borders.

I've come to expect the Russians under Putin to act aggressively. But I thought some things were still beyond them.

I stand corrected. They are just total a-holes, now.

In reply, let me expand on my notion early in the crisis that Ukraine should send a rental bill to Moscow for Crimea.

Ukraine should also add on rent for the portions of Donbas that Russia has taken.

Oh, and the cleaning deposit is obviously forfeited.

Still, Ukraine should have been more careful about what they signed, given Russia's intent has been all too clear all along.