Ukraine has been and still remains the
country ready to transit Russian gas to the European states. Prime Minister of
Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko announced at the beginning of a Gov’t sitting today.
as was stressed also by Prime Minister of Czech republic Mirek
Topolanek, has fulfilled all the steps to ensure
Russian gas to be transited to the European Union,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.
Moreover, she informed the ministers
about her morning meeting with Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico, which dealt
with the issue of Russian gas delivery. The Premier reminded that Slovakia,
having contract for supplies of natural gas with Gazprom, in the result of
stoppage by the Russian
of gas shipment to the EU is in a rather complicated situation.
The Head of Government emphasized
that the Russian
supply gas to be transited and reminded Russia
had ordered very small amount of gas in the direction which technically proves
not possible to transit this gas. “First of all, such small amounts of gas
declared by Russia,
after full stoppage of transit of gas through the territory
give no opportunity to technically transport this gas – the pressure in gas
mains is low. Secondly, this gas was sent in the direction with backflow of
Ukrainian gas shipped to the eastern regions of Ukraine and, hence, along this
route the gas could not have been transported,” Prime Minister explained and
added that Ukraine informed the leaders of the European Union that “all the
actions taken by the Russian Federation yesterday gave no way to transit
Russian gas to the European countries”.
The PM also assured unless the
Russian Federation fulfill all technical conditions, Ukraine
as a country-transitor, would ship gas to the
European Union. “We are interested that constructive dialogs with the European
Union are to be held, constructive dialogs with the Russian Federation
are to be held and this conflict to wind up as soon as possible,” the Head of
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