Russia’s Gazprom resumes full gas supply to UkraineMarch 6th, 2008 - 5:15 pm ICT by admin
Moscow, March 6 (RIA Novosti) Russian natural gas giant Gazprom has resumed full gas supplies to Ukraine after a two-day reduction in deliveries, the company’s spokesman said Thursday. Gazprom had cut supplies by a quarter Monday and a further quarter Tuesday amid a dispute over Ukraine’s $600 million debt for gas supplies.
Sergei Kupriyanov told reporters: “Gas transit through Ukraine for European consumers is being implemented in full. Restrictions on gas supplies to Ukrainian consumers have been lifted.”
Ukraine’s state-controlled oil and gas company Naftogaz confirmed that supplies had been resumed in full.
“Gazprom has resumed gas supplies. I believe that supplies will reach full capacity by tomorrow (Thursday), as some time is needed for the gas transportation system to resume its normal regime,” a Naftogaz spokesman told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
Kupriyanov said supplies had been resumed after Gazprom chief Alexei Miller and his Naftogaz counterpart Oleh Dubina reached an agreement in negotiations by phone.
“The sides agreed that gas supplies provided from Jan 1 to March 1, 2008 would be fully documented and paid for by Naftogaz Ukrainy in accordance with the scheme in place since the start of the year. Issues relating to the supply of Russian gas will be resolved,” he said.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko gave assurances Wednesday that Ukraine would not reduce Russian gas transit shipments to Europe despite reduced supply to Ukraine.
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