Naftogaz delegation headed for Moscow for gas talks

15:09, 31 March 2008
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In an effort to amend the 2008 gas agreement

Led by CEO Oleg Dubina, the negotiators of Naftogaz headed for Moscow in an effort to amend the 2008 gas agreement that had been inked already, RIA Novosti reported with reference to Naftogaz briefer Valentin Zemlyansky, according to Kommersant.

“The delegation of Naftogaz flew to Moscow for negotiations. I don’t know the exact list of issues added to the agenda but reaching accord on the agreement of gas cooperation between Ukraine and Russia will be considered amid other things,” the briefer said.

Ukraine presses for adding a few crucial amendments to the document that was signed March 13. The amendments specify new pattens for the gas supplies to Ukraine.

Ukrainian cabinet insists on crossing out Swiss trader RosUkrEnergo from supplies.

RosUkrEnergo has the monopolistic standing in gas exports to Ukraine and Gazprom holds 50 percent in it.

Moreover, Ukraine insists on crossing out “no less than” word combination from the item of the agreement related to allowing Gazprom’s subsidiary or affiliated company to directly sell gas to Ukrainian clients. In today’s wording, the agreement sanctons such firm of Gazprom to independently sell no less than 7.5 billion cu meters of gas in Ukraine this year.

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