First gas observers arrive in Ukraine: EU mission in Kiev

15:49, 09 January 2009
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"Five men of the team are here..."

The first five observers tasked with monitoring flows of Russian gas in Ukraine have arrived in the country, an EU spokesman said Friday."Five men of the team are here," David Stulik, spokesman for the European Commission delegation in Kiev, told AFP.A total of 18 observers, including from Russian gas giant Gazprom, and at least four EU officials were scheduled to arrive in Ukraine "soon," he said, without providing more details.A meeting in Berlin was currently taking place to determine exactly where the observers would be sent, Stulik added.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said earlier that Russia was anxious to resume delivery of gas via Ukraine but could do so only once an agreement on independent monitoring of the flow had been signed.

AFP via EU Business

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