Russia and Ukraine have settled their feisty gas dispute, allowing fuel supplies to start flowing to shivering European nations “within hours,” the Wall Street Journal reports. Both sides agreed to international teams monitoring the pipeline system in Ukraine, which Russia accuses of stealing EU gas for its own use. About 80% of the EU’s Russian gas is channeled through Ukraine.
“The longer they stay, the better it is for us, Ukraine, and European consumers,” said Russian PM Vladimir Putin. Ukraine will now resume funneling Russian gas to the EU, but remains locked in a price dispute over its own domestic consumption. The rift has particularly devastated Hungary, Bulgaria, and Slovakia, as wintry temps forced schools and factories to close.