Russia, Ukraine near gas deal - but what about next time?
Is the Big Chill over?
But given the on-again, off-again nature of this spigot spat, who knows?
Third year in a row
All those shivering in Bulgaria, Poland, and the rest of Eastern Europe will breathe a sigh of relief once a deal is struck. But is the problem permanently solved? As the Monitor's Moscow correspondent Fred Weir pointed out in an audio report last week, this is getting to be an annual New Year’s event with shutoffs in 2007 and 2006. (Notice there are never any gas disruptions in the muggy summer months.)