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Russia, Ukraine: Cold Gas Diplomacy Thaw?

January 9, 2009

Russia and the European Union clinched a deal on monitoring gas shipments through Ukraine, paving a way for the resumption of deliveries to EU countries.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reached an accord with Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who holds the EU’s presidency, on deploying a monitoring commission. Russia and Ukraine still have to resolve their dispute over gas prices, fees and debt that’s hit supplies to at least 20 nations.


Since a previous dispute over gas prices in 2006, European Union nations have diversified their sources of fuel and improved inventories. They are also using more gas, the source of 24 percent of the world’s energy in 2007, to reduce emissions linked to global warming. OAO Gazprom suspended transit flows on Jan. 7 after accusing Ukraine of siphoning off gas destined for other buyers, a charge the country denies.

“It’s high time the EU gets serious about gas security and presses ahead with the creation of a single gas market,” Pierre Noel, senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said in an e-mailed statement. “The EU must be instrumental in the push for investment” in eastern states.

The deal came after talks in Brussels involving Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller, his counterpart at NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, Oleh Dubina and EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs stalled as the EU sought to negotiate an end to the dispute.

The agreement “should lead” to Russian gas supplies to the EU being restored, the Czech presidency said on its Web site.

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Ukraine-Russia Gas Talks End With No Result; Europe Shivers

January 8, 2009

Gas talks overnight between Ukraine‘s state energy firm Naftogaz and Russia’s gas export monopoly, Gazprom, ended with no concrete results, the head of Naftogaz was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Interfax-Ukraine quoted Naftogaz chief Oleh Dubyna as saying the talks in Moscow with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller ended without result but that they would be continued.

Austria's OMV gas refinery -- one of Europe's largest -- has seen its deliveries from Russia cut.

Above: Austria’s OMV gas refinery — one of Europe’s largest — has seen its deliveries from Russia cut.

The news agency also quoted Dubyna as saying that three-way talks in Brussels, involving the European Union, had been canceled at the behest of the Russian side.

(Reporting from Reuters by Yuri Kulikov, writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Sabina Zawadzki; Editing by Christian Lowe)


From the BBC
Some EU states are getting no gas at all or have seen supplies sharply cut.

Ukraine denies Russian accusations that it is stealing gas passing through export pipelines on its territory.

Russia cut gas to Ukraine itself a week ago as a row over allegedly unpaid bills escalated.

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From CNN
Oleh Dubyna, the chief executive of Ukraine’s Naftogaz, told Russia’s Interfax news agency that the Thursday meeting in Brussels between himself, the European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and Gazprom boss Alexey Miller had been cancelled by the Russians.

Dubyna said talks would, however, continue in Moscow.

“What matters most now is to restart gas shipments to Ukraine,” he said.

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General view of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom's headquarters ... 
General view of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom’s headquarters in Moscow, January 6, 2009. Gazprom said on Tuesday it had supplied around 65 million cubic metres of gas to Europe via Ukraine on Tuesday, compared with around 300 mcm in previous days.REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin (RUSSIA)