Turkey in talks with Russia, Ukraine to end gas dispute
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    ANKARA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Mehmet Hilmi Guler said on Saturday Turkey was holding talks with Russia and Ukraine to end their natural gas dispute.

    Turkey continued its mediation to solve the natural gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, Guler was quoted as saying by the semi-official Anatolia news agency.

    "We have talked with Gazprom (Russia's gas company) and Naftogaz (Ukraine's gas company), and the energy ministers of two countries," Guler said.

    Guler said he met Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Korsunsky to Turkey on Thursday, and discussed recent developments and proposals for a settlement.

    Korsunsky conveyed him a letter signed by deputy prime minister of Ukraine, head of Naftogaz executive board and European commissioner for energy, which is about Ukraine's demands from Turkey for a settlement, Guler said.

    Turkey knew well about its responsibilities to provide natural gas for not only its citizens but also for Europe, and hoped that the dispute would be solved as soon as possible, according to the minister.

    On Jan. 6, Guler announced the flow of natural gas from the western line of Russia to Turkey via Ukraine completely stopped.

    Russia cut off gas supply to Ukraine on New Year's Day after the two countries failed to come to terms on Ukraine's payment of arrears and prices for 2009.

    A week later, Russia stopped pumping all gas to Europe through Ukraine, saying it had been forced to do so because Ukraine closed down all gas transit routes to Europe.


EU calls for production hike amid gas crisis

    BRUSSELS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- European Union (EU) energy experts urged European producers on Friday to hike production as Russian gas supplies to Europe via Ukraine remained cut-off.

    "The extent of the current gas crisis is unprecedented in European history," energy experts from the 27 EU member states said in a statement after a meeting with industry representatives under the framework of the EU's gas coordination group on Friday in Brussels.Full story

Russia sets conditions to resume gas flows to Europe via Ukraine

Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said it would resume supplies to Europe via Ukraine on Friday if an agreement allowing a EU-led monitoring team to track gas flows through Ukraine was signed.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev (R) speaks with Gazprom Chief Executive Alexei Miller in Krasnaya Polyana, near Sochi, January 9, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    MOSCOW, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said it would resume supplies to Europe via Ukraine on Friday if an agreement allowing a EU-led monitoring team to track gas flows through Ukraine was signed.  Full story

EU demands immediate resumption of gas deliveries

    BRUSSELS, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) on Friday demanded that Russia and Ukraine immediately resume gas deliveries to the bloc's member states, saying that EU monitors for the process were already in place.

    "There is now agreement on the details of the monitoring mission. It is now imperative that the gas starts to flow to the EU without any further delay," the European Commission said in a statement. Full story

EU strikes deal with Russia on gas monitoring

    BRUSSELS, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) reached a deal with Russia on the deployment of monitors to check gas flow via Ukraine, paving the way for the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Europe, the Czech EU presidency said late Thursday.
    "The Czech Prime Minister and the Russian Prime Minister agreed on the conditions of deployment of the monitoring commission at all locations that are relevant for the flow of gas," the Czech government said in a statement. Full story

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