Arseniy Yatseniuk, the leader of the Front for Changes initiative, considers that the reduction in Russian gas consumption by Ukraine won't strengthen its energy independence, but will bring the state to its knees, Kyiv Post reported.

Yatseniuk said this in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Wednesday.

Yatseniuk said that Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko at an annual meeting of the Ukrainian World Congress in Lviv on August 20, 2009, had announced that Ukraine in 2009 would buy 33 billion cubic meters of gas from Russia for its consumers, and in 2010 it would buy 25 billion cubic meters. According to Tymoshenko, the reduction of gas consumption by Ukraine is the result of the government's work in making the country independent of Russian fuel supplies. Along with this, the cabinet is planning to substitute gas with other kinds of fuel.

"What are you talking about? What energy safety? The optimistic statements of Tymoshenko's government are lie from the first to the last word. The reduction of Russian gas consumption by Ukraine won't strengthen the energy independence of Ukraine," Yatseniuk stressed.


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