Out in the Cold

by Nathan Hamm on 1/3/2005

Turkmenistan pulled the plug, or, rather, shut off the valve, on Ukrainian and Russian natural gas deliveries. The Turkmen government boosted prices 30%, and Ukraine has already struck a new deal. Russia is still negotiating, but Turkmenistan insists that it cannot sell gas at two prices on the same system, even though this violates a previously negotiated price for deliveries to Gazprom in 2005.


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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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