Most Ukrainian citizens are either satisfied with the terms of the gas agreements between Kyiv and Moscow or believe they are acceptable, according to a poll carried out by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on January 29 through February 5, 2009, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

A total of 1,642 respondents from all Ukrainian regions, Kyiv and Crimea participated in the interview. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 3.7% for figures close to 50%, 3.2% for figures close to 25%, 2.2% for figures close to 20%, and 1.6% for figures close to 5%.

Some 5.7% of Ukrainians believe the outcome of gas accords with Russia are an achievement for Ukraine, and 45.4% said it is an acceptable result for the country in the current situation. Some 33.7% of those polled described the results of the talks as a loss for their country.

Moreover, 42.2% of those polled said that one of the main reasons (respondents could give several options for his or her answer) for the gas crisis was President Viktor Yuschenko's inability to agree with Russia, 28% Russia's reluctance to take control of the Ukrainian gas transportation system, 24.3% Ukraine's pro-western policy that caused Russian indignation, and 19.5% said it was Russia's wish to show Europe that Ukraine is an unreliable partner. Furthermore, 18.1% of those polled said that it was Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's inability to agree with Russia, and 15.5% the desire of Yuschenko and a number of Regions Party politicians to return a mediator, RosUkrEnergo, to the scheme of gas relations between Ukraine and Russia.

According to 40.3% of respondents, the president is to blame most of all for the disrupted talks on gas supplies to Ukraine late last year, and 11% pointed to a group of Regions Party politicians linked to RosUkrEnergo (Dmytro Firtash, Yuriy Boiko, and Serhiy Liovochkin). Some 9.7% placed the blame on Tymoshenko, and 1.7% on Naftogaz Ukrainy CEO Oleh Dubyna. Another 23.6% of respondents said that all of the abovementioned politicians are responsible to a certain extent.


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