Just to note some figures for a future reference. Yesterday (23 January 2009) the Secretariat of the President of Ukraine issued an analysis of Russia – Ukraine gas agreement.
Acording to the Secretariat, an average price of Russian gas for Ukraine in 2009 will be $256/tcm (price in the 1st quarter 2009 - $450, actual Ist quarter price with the 20% discount - $360). Average price of Russian gas in 2009 for Slovakia will be $240 (Ist quarter price - $296), for Hungary – 237 ($403), for Poland - $300-310 ($458), for Czech Republic - $340-350 ($420), for Romania - $310-320 ($470), and for Germany - $250-260 ($330-340).
If the “Secretariat prices” are true (I may question the current gas price for Germany, which is told to be $330-340, but is around $450), Ukraine with the base price of $450 in the 1st quarter of 2009 looks like a definite loser.