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Ukraine warns EU of gas transit disruption risk

English.news.cn   2014-08-14 00:05:46

KIEV, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz said Wednesday that the ongoing natural gas price row between Kiev and Moscow may lead to disruption in Russian gas transit to the European Union (EU) countries.

"Naftogaz considers it appropriate to warn the European partners about possible risks and suggests solving the problem by joint efforts via tripartite negotiations between Ukraine, EU and Russia," the company said a statement.

Naftogaz said the EU should consider the possibility of purchasing gas on the Ukrainian-Russian border to minimize the impact of the energy turmoil on gas supplies to Europe.

Kiev and Moscow have been locked in a dispute for three years over a 2009 contract under which they agreed to tie the price of gas to the international spot price of oil.

In June, Russia's energy giant Gazprom has cut all gas supplies to Ukraine after the two sides have failed to reach an agreement on payments.

The dispute between the two former Soviet countries triggered fears that Russian gas transit to Europe may be halted.

Currently, around 15 percent of EU gas supplies flow through Ukraine.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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