Russia Cuts Off Ukraine Gas Supply To 6 European Countries

Tyler Durden's picture

Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian state energy giant Gazprom to cut supplies to and through Ukraine amid accusations, according to The Daily Mail, that its neighbor has been siphoning off and stealing Russian gas. Due to these "transit risks for European consumers in the territory of Ukraine," Gazprom cut gas exports to Europe by 60%, plunging the continent into an energy crisis "within hours." Perhaps explaining the explosion higher in NatGas prices (and oil) today, gas companies in Ukraine confirmed that Russia had cut off supply; and six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas. The EU raged that the sudden cut-off to some of its member countries was "completely unacceptable," but Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller later added that Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey; and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated unequivocally, "the decision has been made."

As Bloomberg reports,

Russia plans to shift all its natural gas flows crossing Ukraine to a route via Turkey, a surprise move that the European Union’s energy chief said would hurt its reputation as a supplier.


The decision makes no economic sense, Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission’s vice president for energy union, told reporters today after talks with Russian government officials and the head of gas exporter, OAO Gazprom, in Moscow.


Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas supplier, plans to send 63 billion cubic meters through a proposed link under the Black Sea to Turkey, fully replacing shipments via Ukraine, Chief Executive Officer Alexey Miller said during the discussions. About 40 percent of Russia’s gas exports to Europe and Turkey travel through Ukraine’s Soviet-era network.




Sefcovic said he was “very surprised” by Miller’s comment, adding that relying on a Turkish route, without Ukraine, won’t fit with the EU’s gas system.


Gazprom plans to deliver the fuel to Turkey’s border with Greece and “it’s up to the EU to decide what to do” with it further, according to Sefcovic.

Which, as The Daily Mail reports, has led to a major (and imminent) problem for Europe...

Russia cut gas exports to Europe by 60 per cent today, plunging the continent into an energy crisis 'within hours' as a dispute with Ukraine escalated.


This morning, gas companies in Ukraine said that Russia had completely cut off their supply.


Six countries reported a complete shut-off of Russian gas shipped via Ukraine today, in a sharp escalation of a struggle over energy that threatens Europe as winter sets in.


Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

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As Bloomberg goes on to note, Gazprom has reduced deliveries via Ukraine after price and debt disputes with the neighboring country that twice in the past decade disrupted supplies to the EU during freezing weather.

“Transit risks for European consumers on the territory of Ukraine remain,” Miller said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no other options” except for the planned Turkish Stream link, he said.


“We have informed our European partners, and now it is up to them to put in place the necessary infrastructure starting from the Turkish-Greek border,” Miller said.


Russia won’t hurt its image with a shift to Turkey because it has always been a reliable gas supplier and never violated its obligations, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters today in Moscow after meeting Sefcovic.


“The decision has been made,” Novak said. “We are diversifying and eliminating the risks of unreliable countries that caused problems in past years, including for European consumers.”

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That helps to explain today's epic meltup in NatGas futures...

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"They [the Russians] have reduced deliveries to 92million cubic metres per 24 hours compared to the promised 221million cubic metres without explanation," said Valentin Zemlyansky of the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz.


"We do not understand how we will deliver gas to Europe. This means that in a few hours problems with supplies to Europe will begin."

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Check to you Europe (i.e. Washington)... Because it's getting might cold in Europe...


(and bear in mind the consequences of cold, pissed off Europeans in the past).

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nicoacademia's picture

what happens when israel starts selling gas to the continent?

COSMOS's picture

They overestimated their reserves.  Always done.  They only have enough gas for their menorrhas.

Greenskeeper_Carl's picture

Haha I'm no Putin lover, but that shit is funny. Dumb ass euros following washing tons orders

knukles's picture

Puties has the gas and DC the hot air.
Which ya' gonna stay warm with?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia, Romania, Croatia and Turkey all reported a halt in gas shipments from Russia through Ukraine.

"Fuck the EU," said Victoria Nuland-Kagan.   Let them eat cold soup.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Don't count on others for your survival.

If it gets cold where you live, then purchase

o   A mummy style sleeping bag like a Wiggies; $250.

o   At least one set of heavy wool pants and wool parka, such as Columbia's Gallatin Range ; $350.

o   A pair of warm boots, wool socks, warm gloves, and a wool hat; $350.

o   Two sets of Patagonia long underwear; $120.

Publicus's picture

Now switch payment terms to Ruble.

saints51's picture


Stupid fucking Europeans. Keep listening to DC and this is what happens. 2015 not a good start for some.

SWRichmond's picture

Call your children home, the balloon just went up.

Publicus's picture

BTW that dailymail article was from 2009. So this article needs to be edited....

Anusocracy's picture

When Mother Nature gives you the cold shoulder try this dinky super-insulated home.

Back in 2012, we reported on Version.2 by Canadian small living firm Leaf House, which is headed by Laird Herbert. Now Herbert is back with a new and improved tiny home that he intends to use as a case study for small living in cold climates. Version.3 is designed to take temperatures of -50 °C (-58 °F) in its stride, and also packs a number of other benefits over its predecessor, including increased interior space and decreased weight.

SoberOne's picture

I'm going long on old phone books and wood stoves.

Keyser's picture

Check....  Middle of January and Vlad tightens the screws on the EU... Be careful for what you wish as it will usually come back and bite you in the ass... Case in point..................

Latina Lover's picture

Suck it EU, suck the USSA ass really hard, because this is the only gas you will get, out of obamas ass.

for readers who need a history lesson, Imagine the situation... A mere year ago.. Ukraine was a calm and peaceful nation, it had extremly good gas deals with Russia, buying the cheapest gas in Europe, it was about to get a 19 billion dollar loan and it was going to join the Eurasian economic zone.. All was well..

But then the democratically elected president dared to oppose the will of USA.. And within months he was overthrown by a violent antidemocratic coup that installed pro-USA nazists and oligarchs as the new junta government, the people of Crimea toke their chance and seceded while the unconstitutional pro-USA junta was still new in power.. And the Donbas region toke the chance and vote for more self-rule.. At which the pro-USA coup government responded to by sending armed nazi battalions and forced conscripts.. Starting the Ukrainian civil war.

Now the Ukranian economy is ruined.
20 000+ Ukraninian soldiers are dead.
Ukraine pays normal gas prices.
Ukraine is moments away from default.
Ukraine relationship with its brother Russia is ruined.
The Donbas region is in revolt and Crimea is lost forever.
Even if Donbas was taken back with military violence there would be partisan warfare there forever due to all the acts of terror and genocide comitted by the pro-USA forces(Starvation, clusterbombing, terror)
And now Ukraine is about to loose its biggest source of income, the oil/gas pipelines to Europe.

Ukraine situation has gone from positive to hell in a mere couple of months. Just like the situation in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, where USA meddled as well.

Tracerfan's picture

I would upvote your post multiple times, but ZH only allows it once.

rccalhoun's picture

O is going to have to give a speech about this as retaliation

nope-1004's picture

Putin's speeches are much better than Odummies.  They get right to the point, like "Any foreign nation the US occupies turns to shit", or something along those lines.

Manthong's picture

Well, the good news is now that Hunter doesn’t have any supply to distribute, he has a lot more time for blow.


Latina Lover's picture

It is also better for the Ukraine.  The only thing that is more dangerous than being America's enemy, is being America's friend.

STP's picture

Exactly right.  Someone pointed an article a few weeks ago from the former PM of Australia: "America: Australia's Dangerous Ally".  It was five pages long and was like a summary of ZH articles on American Foreign Policy.

Handful of Dust's picture

Europe is friggin COLD in winter. Remember, even one of their 'southern cities' Rome is on the same latitude as NYC which for us in the USA is considered north. I had to spend a winter in Austria once and thought I'd freeze to death. Heating a large aprtment is so expensive and forget hot water 24/7. Ain't going to happen.


Don't get me started about how many times I was snowed in, etc.

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) nope-1004 Jan 15, 2015 6:14 AM

honnestly, as long any news breaks the loop " we are charlie" in every fucking mouth and msm, i'm on it. i mean, seriously.


it is time to bypass religion level of the fight club and to let the world finance system appear collapsing, quick, if no, bankers will laugh behind windows looking brown  &  with kill each others.

i  personnaly do not want to struggle for life if a whole part of the globe look at us, i prefer a total old fashion world war, don't you ?

wee-weed up's picture



O is going to have to give a speech about this as retaliation


Or draw another of his whimpy-assed red-lines.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

I realise I am late to the party -- but 

NordStream AG is still working like normal.  Oh yes, NordStream is essentially Germany's dedicated pipeline.  It does re-export from there, but not all that much.  

Watch this space in the future.  

I imagine this will be used as leverage if things really get hot.   

boattrash's picture

Yep, Ray Charles and I saw this coming a year ago.

Mine Is Bigger's picture

That's racist! You omitted Stevie Wonder!

Tarshatha's picture

Latina Lover,

"Now the Ukranian economy is ruined.
20 000+ Ukraninian soldiers are dead......"

And all their gold went bye, bye.

Latina Lover's picture

How dare you suggest the Ukie gold is gone ?!  /sarc off

The Ukie gold is securely held in the NYC fed, safe from thieving russian hands.   The painted lead ingots were there to fool the dumb russians. One day the Ukies will get their gold back, the USSA promises.

Road Hazard's picture

As others have said, excellent summary LL!

johngaltfla's picture

The Russians have also accelerated their offensive against the Ukes starting around Donetsk and now reportedly launching attacks against villages around Mariupol. I just wonder if the T-90's and T-94's start to roll towards Odess by Sunday night's Asian open. That would be good for a $10 spike in crude next week...


Video of the Donestk Airport obliteration the past few nights in the link below.

Russia Drastically Cuts Natural Gas to Europe as Military Offensive against Ukraine Begins

dreadnaught's picture

HA! Putin is finally showing who is the boss...bravo!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

You gotta love how Russia just responds in time and without much fanfare. They are teaching the West about Russia style little, don't act all emotional, wait a spell and then act decisively. No Hollywood style media to back it up, just silent actions.

JoeSexPack's picture

Putin & Russkies are the rational adults here.


DC & EU are wailing drama queens.

N0TME's picture

If you look below the article writer's name it says, " [updated "


.... derp 

franzpick's picture

Russia plans to ship the gas through Turkey instead - and Turkey is one of the 6 countries now cut off?

corsair's picture

Turkey has a direct pipeline to Russia (Blue Stream), but I suppose that its capacity is not sufficient, so it gets some additional amount through EU network.

Shipping gas through Turkey will be possible when the new pipline is completed.

MarketAnarchist's picture

Turkeys shipments VIA ukraine, not turkeys other routes. Also, Turkeys main pipeline is under contstruction, and the US's attempt to get gas From Qatar to Europe through Syria is... well, not going according to plan.

BLOTTO's picture

Keep the Serbs (non-Nato) warm...

DogOfSinope's picture

Serbs are probably watching this USA-EU-Russia circus (between basketball games and tennis matches) and laughing their asses out, musing how smart it was to build those mighty hydro power plants on Danube and completely refurbish those huge coal power plants. It's most likely that the only argument they have while sipping plum brandy after hearty 7-course dinner is about who would they prefer to see loosing.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Besides, Balkan peoples are not freezing to death due to this cut-off because gas infrastructure as a relatively new technology is barely developed down there. Most are heating with lumber and coal.

Just came back from a family holiday down in good ole Macedonia, it was bloody freezing -15 degrees Celsius but one can barely feel it after the traditional treat of homemade shine, meat in 1000 ways and then a few glasses of Vranec to keep your heart warm... 

TheReplacement's picture

The point is, to me at least, that Turkey is out of the closet about flipping to Russia's side.  Those others cut off are probably of significance as potentially following Turkey (especially Greece). 

Peeling away one at a time until everyone notices and then , suddeenly, a rush to the door and everyone dies of asphyxiation in the crush.

InvalidID's picture


 Turkey was one of the nations cut off... Turkey has now a limited supply of Nat Gas itself. Turkey, will do what it has to in order to maintain it's own survival, which I believe would include making sure a gas line from Arab states to Europe becomes reality.

 At which point, Russia becomes nothing to Europe.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

Turkey is directly connected to Russia through Blue Stream and it has an alternative supply route from Azerbaijan. 

Augustus's picture

The US advised Europe many years ago that Russia could not be relied upon as a NG supply.  Eruope did not listen and are now reaping the consequences.

This move may be Putin's biggest FU yet.  Shivering populations are not likely to be protesting shale gas development.  If it gets rolling there, Russia will be screwed out of a NG market.  Where is a market for them to deliver it too, Mongolia?