Mark Almond, Oriel College, Oxford | January 7, 2009
We "wanted Russia to be a market economy, but Russia never asked how." ++ Gazprom is like the East India Company, from which market economies grew. ++ Other sources are unreliable; China, Japan and India look to Russia for gas. ++ While the EU builds pipelines to pass unreliable ex-communist states, Russia builds east - and southwards. ++ Gazprom's hard game is market economy and it refuses to subsidize the government in Kiev. ++ The EU wants to change a 300-year old poker game into a "granny's game" of whist.