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Cooperation in the modernization of Ukraine's gas transport system is most likely not among the Ukrainian side's priorities, according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
"[Let me talk] about the modernization of the gas transport system. We're interested in this issue if our Ukrainian friends find it interesting. But I've got a feeling that this issue is no longer of interest to our Ukrainian partners. Several times we've offered our services in modernization - in possible parameters, legal forms of cooperation, in investment we're ready to inject. But unfortunately we haven't made any decisions. Thus, I conclude that this is not a very important problem for our Ukrainian partners now. In the end, this is your gas transport system, and it's up to you whether it's well polished or gets rusty," he said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov in Kaluga.
"Indeed, we're using alternative routes for supplies. I see no evil in this. This is the very competition that every state strives for and builds its economic potential on," Medvedev added.
He acknowledged gas issues are on the agenda of all the talks that Ukraine and Russia hold.