facebook
twitter
search
search

Ukraine must deliver gas to Europe

May 8, 2009 at 10:07 AM
Sign up for our Energy Newsletter

MOSCOW, May 8 (UPI) -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin announced last week that Ukraine must purchase 19.5 billion cubic meters of gas to supply to the European Union.

Sechin made the announcement during an April 30 meeting with European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, Itar-Tass reports.

Sechin said 19.5 billion cubic meters of gas is the ideal amount needed to keep Ukraine's gas pipeline system running and able to deliver gas to the European Union.

"In order to maintain uninterrupted transit of Russian gas to the European consumers, Ukraine must purchase and pump into underground storages no less than 19.5 billion cubic meters of gas in the near future," Sechin said.

If Ukraine fails to purchase gas as it has been, a repeat of last winter is likely, he said.

In January, a dispute between Ukraine and its Russian natural gas supplier caused shortages across Europe.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Walgreens to sell heroin overdose antidote naloxone without prescription
Hospital mortality drops with lower patient-to-nurse ratio
Kanye West under fire after Bill Cosby tweet
Plus-size model Ashley Graham nabs Sports Illustrated swimsuit spread
IKEA issues recall after glass ceiling lamps crash to ground