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Russia not to reconsider gas contract with Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on May 31, 2012


News / 31 May 2012 | 15:08

Russia not to reconsider gas contract with Ukraine

Russia not to reconsider gas contract with Ukraine

Russia is sticking to the current gas agreements with Ukraine but never rules out discussing them, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

“Russia was, is and will be ready to lend its ear to views of our partners for hearing their arguments out,” Peskov told reporters. “At the same time, [Russia] is always ready to give any explanations. First of all, we are based on the current legal gas agreements under which natural gas is being delivered,” he added.

At a briefing in Moscow later on Thursday, Vice Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said that he does not have any information on that Russian government is ready to reconsider the effective gas contract with Ukraine.

“I do not have such data. The consultations with the Ukrainian side are constantly being held,” Dvorkovich said in response to the request to comment on the statements on the readiness of Russia to reconsider the gas contract, made by the Ukrainian side.

According to Dvorkovich, the Russian side is concerned about Ukraine’s gas market balance and financial capacity to pump gas into underground storage facilities to provide uninterrupted gas supply to Europe, at the same time ensuring the needs of Ukrainian consumers.

“These are burning issues. However I am not informed of the possible reconsideration of the gas contract,” Dvorkovich added.

As a reminder, May 31, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov declared that Russia agreed to revise the arguments of the Ukrainian government for reconsidering the gas contracts concluded in 2009. According to the Ukrainian government, the parties have agreed to return to this issue in the nearest future.

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