Will Russian gas ever return?

Russian gas has been a Ponzi scheme for many years now. We just refused to see it for what it was. Did the Russians have new reserves that could be developed in order to replace the aging legacy fields? Sure, they have. The question is can they get the gas out of the ground and towards paying customers at a price that makes this still a profitable venture for them? And I have doubted this for a long while. But this could never be officially admitted as creating awareness of the true state of Russian gas among European customers drives them towards alternatives that would blunt the gas weapon. Now that weapon is gone for other reasons so why not blow up the useless gas lines altogether? 

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