Ukraine assures to fulfil new agreements on gas transits

January 27th, 2009 - 10:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Jan 27 (RIA Novosti) Ukraine has assured the European Union (EU) that the recently signed agreement on natural gas transits from Russia to Europe through its territory will be fully implemented, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said Tuesday. After a meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko in Brussels, Barroso said the Ukrainian leader had assured him that Kiev would stick to the gas deal even though he is not fully content with the agreement.

Russian gas transits to Europe through Ukraine stopped Jan 7 after Russia accused Ukraine of stealing Europe-bound gas and both sides failed to reach an agreement over a new gas contract.

Transits resumed Jan 20 after supply and transit contracts were signed with EU mediation. However, days after the contracts had been signed, Yushchenko’s aides said the president was unhappy with the deal and demanded new talks.

Barroso also said an international investment conference on modernizing the Ukrainian gas transportation system, involving representatives from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, will be held in Brussels March 21.

A gas pricing row between the former Soviet neighbours in 2006 also led to disruptions in shipments to some European consumers, and the latest spat has reawakened concerns about the reliability of Russia as a supplier.

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