Friday, Jan 9, 2008
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Russian energy giant Gazprom on Friday that gas supplies to Ukraine should be resumed only after the necessary documents are signed.
“Of course we are interested in gas transit resumption as soon as possible. But nevertheless I would like you to be guided by my instruction in solving this task: all these actions could be performed only after the documents are signed,” Medvedev said at a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller.
“We will never stop the theft by any other means,” the Russian president added. “Unfortunately, [we] have no more trust in the Ukrainian side.”
Miller said a document formalizing the mechanism to guarantee Russian gas transit through Ukraine could be signed on Friday, and then the Russian gas supplies would resume.
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“We hope that a protocol on establishing an international independent mechanism to ensure transit of Russian gas via Ukraine will be signed today, and we will resume deliveries almost at once,” Alexei Miller said.
The European Commission’s energy spokesman Ferran Tarradellas Espuny said however Ukraine will be able to ensure gas transit to Europe in 36 hours after Russia resumes gas supplies. He said that Russia could start delivering gas in 13 hours and the Russian gas would reach the EU member states in at least three days.
This article was posted: Friday, January 9, 2009 at 11:43 am