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俄罗斯与乌克兰就能源问题达成协议

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Ryan Chilcote: The Russian-Ukrainian gas war ended in a handshake, but was really nothing more than capitulation. While gracefully1 allowing Ukraine to save face, Russia got the higher price it wanted, and sent a message to the rest of the globe: It's an energy world power to reckon with.

"If from the competition as a global superpower in the military race and economic race, Russia lost, ur~over the last few decades. Um, but if you look in terms of energy, Russia can win. Russia has the resources and the world needs those resources, so..."

Ryan Chilcote: When Moscow wanted to quadruple the price Ukraine paid for Russia's natural gas, Ukraine said: no. Then Russia cut off Ukraine's supply, but continued to pump gas through Ukraine to the rest of Europe. Even so, countries like Austria, France, Germany, Slovakia and Hungary already shivering through the coldest winter in years, experienced a dramatic drop in supply.

Ryan Chilcote: On the first of January, Russia assumed a new role as the Chair of the G8, a club of the world's most prosperous democracies. Right at the top of its agenda: energy.

Ryan Chilcote: Russia is the world's largest energy producer. Its state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, has been grabbing up shares in foreign gas companies, laying pipes and making plans to deliver more of its natural wealth to the rest of the world, all the while projecting an image as a reliable energy supplier and an alternative to the chaotic2 Middle East.

Ryan Chilcote: But after 30 years of flawless performance, the two days of disruptions that accompanied the Russian-Ukrainian gas war have Western Europeans wondering.

Alexander Kantarovich (Aton Capital): Clearly, this prompts questions about how reliable Russia is as a supplier.

Ryan Chilcote: And the gas dispute raises concerns Russia will use its energy as a carrot, so it'll get cheap to its friends, or a stick for countries like Ukraine that broke out of Russia's sphere of influence to pursue a Western-tilting foreign policy.

"A lot of political commentators3 are looking at this situation and accusing Russia of using its energy as a political weapon."

"No, it s, it s, it s not the case, and, um, if we..."


Ryan Chilcote: Gazprom insists it s just business.

Masha Lipman (Carnegie Center, Moscow): Russia is not the first country to be using its energy riches as a political tool. The question is what do you achieve, and then whether you care about consequences and your reputation. If you act as a bully4, you probably will be treated as a bully."

Ryan Chilcote: Whatever its role, bully or not, Russia's back as a global energy superpower.

Ryan Chilcote: Ryan Chilcote, CNN, Moscow.

Note------------
reckon with: someone or something that is powerful and must be regarded seriously as a possible opponent, competitor, danger etc
all the while: all the time that something is happening
carrot and stick: a way of trying to persuade someone to do something by offering them something good if they do it, and a punishment if they do not


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1 gracefully KfYxd     
ad.大大方方地;优美地
参考例句:
  • She sank gracefully down onto a cushion at his feet. 她优雅地坐到他脚旁的垫子上。
  • The new coats blouse gracefully above the hip line. 新外套在臀围线上优美地打着褶皱。
2 chaotic rUTyD     
adj.混沌的,一片混乱的,一团糟的
参考例句:
  • Things have been getting chaotic in the office recently.最近办公室的情况越来越乱了。
  • The traffic in the city was chaotic.这城市的交通糟透了。
3 commentators 14bfe5fe312768eb5df7698676f7837c     
n.评论员( commentator的名词复数 );时事评论员;注释者;实况广播员
参考例句:
  • Sports commentators repeat the same phrases ad nauseam. 体育解说员翻来覆去说着同样的词语,真叫人腻烦。
  • Television sports commentators repeat the same phrases ad nauseam. 电视体育解说员说来说去就是那么几句话,令人厌烦。 来自《简明英汉词典》
4 bully bully     
n.恃强欺弱者,小流氓;vt.威胁,欺侮
参考例句:
  • A bully is always a coward.暴汉常是懦夫。
  • The boy gave the bully a pelt on the back with a pebble.那男孩用石子掷击小流氓的背脊。
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