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Putin Loosens the Spigot but Not the Reins

The deal to restart Russian gas supply to Ukraine was important, but it doesn't change the conflict in Ukraine or the need for Europe to improve its energy security.
Winter is coming.

Russia's agreement to restart flows of natural gas to Ukraine, halted since June, comes as enormously good news. Failure to strike a deal would have left Ukrainians to freeze and deepened a crisis that has already fractured the continent. It doesn't, however, signal any "thaw" in relations between the two ex-Soviet nations, as the European Union's energy commissioner, Guenther Oettinger, optimistically suggested. And it should prompt the EU to accelerate, not relax, efforts to improve Europe's energy security.

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