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Both countries are prepared for lengthy litigation as they are aware that the future model of bilateral gas co-operation is at stake.
Although peaceful dialogue will continue, it must be doubtful that this will bring any lasting political settlement of the conflict.
The signing of the 30-year contract ends the long negotiation process initiated in the 1990s.
The further reduction of Gazprom’s export monopoly will not be a process of de-monopolisation in the strict sense.