This paper is intended to show just how Russia used natural gas to reach its political goals in Ukraine: how it was used to bribe some officials and blackmail others, to influence decision-making and basically twist arms. The idea of a “Russian fairytale” offers the most common method used: reassuring partners and lulling them into a false sense of security with verbal promises, while leaving them in impossibly hopeless positions at the very last moment. This is what happened during the 2009 gas crisis, this is how gas was cut off in 2014, and the same happened in March 2018.
The publication is issued within the framework of the project «Facilitating public dialog in Ukraine and the EU on possible effects of Nord Stream 2 implementation» supported by the International Renaissance Foundation and in part by a grant from the Open Society Foundations.
The contents of this publication are the responsibility of DiXi Group NGO and do not necessarily reflect the position of the International Renaissance Foundation and the Open Society Foundations.