March 2006 - Relations with Russia revisited

Russia's high profile decision to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine at the start of the year aroused concern throughout Europe over the reliability of Russia, just at a time when Europe is about to become more dependent than ever on Russia for its energy supplies.

However, the dispute has actually resulted in a better commercial relationship being negotiated between Russia and Ukraine. It was inevitable that matters between the two countries would come to a head sooner or later, given that it was

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