Yuliya Tymoshenko has been a controversial figure within Ukrainian politics, one of the architects of the Orange Revolution in the Ukraine she later fell out with the present President Viktor Yushchenko. Today though she has written a this article about Russia's place in the new European security world based upon both NATO and EU enlargement.
Much of the article is incredibly general- we are asked to back Russian independence, the independence of the former Soviet states like the Ukraine and the normalisation of Russian relations with other countries. The difficulty is getting there and Tymoshenko seems to me to answer all the easy questions and leave the difficult ones- how to do things, how to balance Russian against minority nationalisms and how to deal with the Russian minorities inside the former Soviet states like the Ukraine and Estonia? All questions she leaves floating in the air.
Where she is more interesting to a western reader is in the rebukes that she administers to Gazprom. Not only does she attack the idea that Gazprom functions as a normal company and calls for European intervention (how?) to make it function like a normal company- a fairly conventional standpoint- but she also points to another issue. Tymoshenko argues that Gazprom has not invested in its own infrastructure and consequently will be unable to meet both domestic and European demand in the future. She argues that Russia may not be a reliable partner in supplying Europe with gas, not merely because of political interference like that recently seen in the Ukraine, but because of incapacity to continue supplies. It may be that she has her own interests in putting this line- political or even commercial given her own interests in Ukrainian energy companies in the 1990s.
I'd welcome more information on that last point- if true it is very worrying both for Europe and for Russia and the way that our relations develop into the future.