KIEV, Ukraine, June 2 (UPI) -- Iran through its bilateral relationship with Ukraine could send its natural gas to markets in Western Europe, the Iranian envoy to Kiev said.
Akbar Ghasemi Aliabadi, the newly appointed Iranian ambassador to Kiev, said his country could turn over a new page with its partners in Eastern Europe, the National News Agency of Ukraine reports.
"We can renew negotiations on transportation of Iranian gas via the territories of Georgia and Ukraine to West European countries," he said.
Ukraine is struggling to improve its reputation as a gas transit nation following years of acrimony with Russian gas giant Gazprom. Around 80 percent of Russian gas slated for European consumers travels through Ukrainian pipelines, though Moscow and Europe have several alternate routes planned.
Iran, meanwhile, is keen to send its lucrative gas resources to European consumers. Tehran has said it could feed the Nabucco pipeline for Europe, though Western states have discounted that possibility.