Having blocked the gas crane, the prime minister Vladimir Putin threw down a challenge not only to Ukraine, but also the European Union.
About it on Thursday the British newspaper "The Times" in the article "Vladimir Putin's Cold Weapon Can Easily Turn Back against It" writes.
"Most likely, Putin aimed not only to punish the Ukrainian government that it hopes to bring the country into NATO, but also once again to show to inhabitants of eastern frontiers of Europe - if there someone already forgot about invasion of Russia into Georgia, - that is much more favorable to remain it close to Russia, and dangerously to address facing the West, on the contrary,", - is spoken in article.
According to journalists of the edition, one of the purposes, pursued by Putin in gas war with Ukraine, is full of disintegration of the Ukrainian government, "its split on the fractions conducted by Yushchenko and the prime minister - the minister Yulia Timoshenko".
"The country is shaken to and fro under blows oligarchical business - groups; from - for these civil strifes nobody can plan anything and nobody can carry out reforms without which the accession to NATO and EU and remains on paper. On so fragile political landscape with the naked eye it is visible why Putin's threats can strengthen only old contradictions between those who transfers Russia to spirit and wants in EU, and those who considers Russia if not as the native land, the patron who shouldn't be provoked", - writes "The Times".
According to journalists, gas crisis, it will unite in EU "those who was once separated, and will convince them only of one - it is necessary to reduce urgently dependence on the Russian gas".
At the same time American "The Wall Street Journal" writes that five months ago Putin "sent the Russian tanks to Georgia, and now it turned the look on one more tiresome democratic neigbour, Ukraine".
"Try not to pay attention to all this noise about a payment for transit, debt and market prices. Here the most obvious fact about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine round supply of gas: the ruthless Russian leader uses a power bludgeon to weaken the westernized government in Kiev and, having intimidated EU to force it to submission. Strategic rates as bikes as last summer", - writes the edition.
According to journalists of the edition, "Moscow acquired lessons of 2006 and on the eve of this winter war arranged propaganda blitzkrieg".
"It charged to lobbist firm to assure from Brussels inhabitants of the continent of safety of their deliveries - at least, till yesterday - and to lay blame on unwillingness of Ukrainians to pay "market price" for natural gas and to pay according to the schedule", - writes the edition.
At the same time, according to journalists, Ukraine here too isn't faultless as in 2006 the government in Kiev "too willingly agreed on creation opaque - and, according to many, deeply corrupted - structures for transfer of payments for transit of Gazprom gas".
French "Le Monde" also notes that the political context plays a considerable role in new to "gas war".
"Moscow didn't reconcile to aspiration of Ukraine to enter EU and even less NATO. Putin rather declared recently that this country, which part of territories as he considers, the Central Europe, and other part - is presented by Russia, "it at all the state! ", - writes the edition.
According to the research associate of the Council of Europe Pierre Noel, the problem of Europe consists "not in excess dependence on the Russian gas, and in the political disagreements which have arisen owing to the fragmented market".
He considers that the decision consists in creation of the common market, capable "to depoliticize" the solution of gas questions with Russia and to make supply more protected.
"A priority is completion of creation of domestic market", - the expert recognizes. "It becomes possible then a bear again more peace", - notes the edition.