Russia, however, appears to be using heat in the winter time as a means to extort higher prices from its neighbors.
Russia is preparing to cut off natural gas supplies to neighbouring Belarus and Georgia unless the two former Soviet republics agree by the year-end to pay much higher prices in 2007.
I recommend reading the rest of the article. Read it, and see how the mob mentality has made its way to the everyday business affairs of Russia, and how it now includes the way they do business with their neighbors.
Yet, it is the U.S. that is the subject of many speeches of condemnation, not Russia.