Ukraine Continues to Snub Russian Gas Transit

Business | January 17, 2009, Saturday // 00:00

For the filth day in a row, the Ukraine has rejected the request of the Russian energy monopoly "Gazprom" for the transit of 99,2 M cubic meter of gas, the Russian information agency ITAR-TASS reported Saturday.

ITAR-TASS is citing the "Gazprom" press center.

"Gazprom" further say from the 99,2 M cubic meters, 13,9 M would be for Moldova, 63,1 M for the Balkans and 22,2 M for Slovakia.

Since Tuesday, January 13, the Russian energy giant has been throwing accusations at the Ukraine for halting Russian gas supply to Europe.

In the mean time, Moscow is hosting an international summit to discuss solutions for the gas crisis in order to secure Russian gas supplies for Europe.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stated Friday, at the conclusion of his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that that a deal could be nearer after he discussed the formation of a gas transit consortium to purchase the necessary volume of technological gas - something the Ukraine insists has been the main obstacle to restore gas supply to Europe.

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