Russian energy company Gazprom says Ukraine is responsible for gas cuts affecting more than a dozen European countries. Russia says it has been forced to stop shipments of gas through Ukraine after supplies were being siphoned off. Many EU states are now facing fuel shortages as the continent is gripped by a cold winter snap.
Today we will talk about relations between Russia and the EU, and particularly France, which holds the EU presidency until the end of the year. Bilateral ties were put to test this August during the South Ossetian conflict, when the French president Nicolas Sarkozy played an important mediation role. Did it contribute to better understanding between the sides? Discussing the issue are the Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Evgeny Kozhokin, and French novelist and political commentator, Marek Halter, who joins us by satellite-link from Paris.