Europe Freezes, Ukraine Gives Russia Conditions for Gas Transfer

Ukraine‘s natural gas chief says he wants Russia to provide extra fuel to boost the flow of gas before his company can allow Russia to send the fuel back into a freezing European Union.

Russia’s Gazprom has announced it will resume pumping gas toward Europe once international monitors are in place to check the flow through Ukraine’s pipelines.

Oleh Dubina of Ukraine’s Naftogaz said Thursday his company will ship Russian gas to Europe on the condition “that Russia restores supplies and provides technical gas for Ukraine’s gas transport system.”

Gazprom chief Alexei Miller and Dubina met twice Thursday and are continuing to talk as they fly back to Moscow, trying to resolve the dispute that has caused an energy crisis in Europe.

–Associated Press

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