The European Union is ready to render financial assistance in modernization of Ukrainian gas transportation system, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso told a joint press conference after the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv, ForUm correspondent reports.

"We are ready to render our assistance to Ukraine in modernization of GTS and to use financial institutes for this purpose. Ukraine joined the Energy society at the beginning of this year, and this is very important signal for its future," he said.

At the same time Barroso expressed a hope for Ukrainian norms regulating energy market to be based on European principles.

Speaking about Russian-Ukrainian gas talks the head of the EC underlined: "I won't interfere with relations between Ukraine and Russia, but I hope Europe will have gas in winter."

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