Nov 2, 2006
The Russian Foreign Ministry went into spin control yesterday, attempting to calm nervous German consumers over their country’s over-reliance on Russian gas supplies.
The solution? Blame the United States.
According to the wizards at the Foreign Ministry, the US was using "artificial geopolitical schemes" to scare Europeans. The Foreign Ministry promised that Russia would never use gas supplies as a political tool, as it did in Ukraine, or arbitrarily raise the cost of energy to leverage its foreign policy.
That very same day, Gazprom doubled the price of natural gas going to Georgia.