A halt of Russian gas deliveries to Europe due to the absence of a transit deal between Moscow and Kiev will not happen again, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Konstantyn Gryshchenko said on Monday.

"A repetition of the situation that Europe experienced last year is impossible. It will never repeat again. We are holding serious negotiations with Russia but gas transit to Europe is guaranteed by both parties," Gryshchenko told a news conference, according to RIA Novosti.

On January 1, 2009, Russian gas giant Gazprom suspended gas transit to Europe via a pipeline which runs through Ukraine because of an absence of an agreement with Kiev. Supplies resumed on January 19, when the agreement was signed.


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