Russia preventing Ukraine from transiting European gas: Kiev

16:09, 14 January 2009
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In response to Russian...

Kiev accused Russia Wednesday of making it impossible for Ukraine to transit gas to Europe and said Moscow was seeking to damage Ukraine`s reputation, according to AFP. But Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also said she was ready to meet her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and that negotiations on the gas crisis needed to move to the "level of governments."

In response to Russian accusations Ukraine was refusing to send gas on to Europe, Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz said Russia was deliberately choosing impossible transit routes.

"We cannot technically send the gas to where they want it to go," Naftogaz spokesman Valentyn Zemlyansky told AFP.

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