Ukraine Signs Unconditionally EU-Russia Gas Transit Monitoring Deal

Politics » BULGARIA IN EU | January 12, 2009, Monday // 00:00
Bulgaria EC Gets Ukraine to Sign to EU-Russia Gas Transit Deal: Ukraine Signs Unconditionally EU-Russia Gas Transit Monitoring Deal Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has agreed to re-sign the Russian gas transit protocol without appending a special declaration disputed by Russia. Photo by wikipedia.org

The Ukraine re-signed Monday without any conditions the protocol for the monitoring of the Russian gas transit, which was signed by the EU and Russia on Saturday, the Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced.

Gazprom representatives met with the Ukrainian side in Kiev to continue their negotiations. Earlier on Monday the European Commission announced the EC President Jose Manuel Barroso telephoned with the Russian PM Vladimir Putin and then with Ukraine's PM Yulia Tymoshenko Sunday night, and got Tymoshenko to agree to the signing of the protocol without any additional conditions.

Tymoshenko has agreed that the Ukraine would sign the protocol anew without attaching to it a separate declaration, in which it claims it had no debts to Gazprom, and had not appropriated any quantities of Russian gas destined solely for transit. The Ukraine did sign the EU-Russia monitoring protocol on Saturday but only on the condition that its declaration would be appended to it.

The Russian side has described the declaration as unacceptable. The re-signing of the monitoring protocol without the attachment of the Ukrainian declaration is expected to provide for the restart of the transit of Russian gas supplies to Europe via the Ukraine.

The signing of the gas transit monitoring protocol by the EU, Russia, and the Ukraine is regarded as a crucial step towards the resumption of the Russian gas supplies for Europe.

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