Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko is confident that European expert commission will help Ukraine to protect its reputation of a reliable transit state of natural gas to the European Union countries. She stated after talks with Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek.

According to the Head of Ukrainian Government, international experts will have an opportunity to become acquainted with all necessary information, data of measuring instruments, this will allow to ascertain whether there were breaches on the part of Ukraine of gas transit to Europe. “I am confident that conclusions will be objective and evidence that Ukraine took not a gram of the Russian gas without contract but at the same time realized gas transit to Europe without hindrance,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine noted.

Yulia Tymoshenko believes that experts’ conclusions should be public, “I want the conclusions to be made public and Ukraine to protect its good name”.

As the Head of Government said, Ukraine pins big hopes on monitors as this would allow to resume gas transit to Europe. “This is our hope because we want the EU countries to feel comfortable, to have natural gas. And all problems to be removed. This is our hope on experts of the European commission,” Yulia Tymoshenko underlined.

At the same time the Premier noted that Ukraine and Russia should independently pass their way regarding the price formation and transit tariff, “We have to work out strategic approaches to solving these issues which remove such problems for all. I believe, there is a chance”.

Moreover, Yulia Tymoshenko stated that Ukrainian side is ready to ink the Russian version of a protocol of mutual access of experts to the gas inflow and outlet stations based both on the territory of Russia and Ukraine. “In such mirror version, when Ukraine and Russia have equal rights for experts’ admission, we’ll sign such protocol as soon as possible and there are authorized persons for it – Vice Prime Minister Hryhorii Nemyria, Minister of Fuel and Energy Yurii Prodan and Head of the NJSC Naftogaz Oleh Dubyna,” the Prime Minister of Ukraine emphasized.

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