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Ukraine seeks to avoid gas crisis

UKRAINE will do everything possible so that Europe receives the natural gas it needs, said acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Khandogiy after he met with his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajčák on October 5. However, he added that not only his country but also the country that is the gas supplier should guarantee gas supplies, as reported by the SITA newswire.

UKRAINE will do everything possible so that Europe receives the natural gas it needs, said acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Khandogiy after he met with his Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajčák on October 5. However, he added that not only his country but also the country that is the gas supplier should guarantee gas supplies, as reported by the SITA newswire.

Lajčák said that the crisis from early 2009 should not be repeated. According to him, Slovakia doesn’t want to be a judge in any dispute but it wants rules to be observed.

“So that we do not pay for the problems of two other countries,” he said, as quoted by SITA.

According to the Economy Ministry, Slovakia does not have to be concerned about a crisis in natural gas supplies like the one at the beginning of this year as the country is now better prepared for a potential stoppage of supplies than it was in January 2009. Diversified contracts on additional supplies of gas between SPP and E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF Suez should help Slovakia survive a gas crisis, the minister said. These contracts would ensure additional supply of up to 850 million cubic metres annually for the Slovak market, SITA reported.


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