ECONOMY: EU, "RUSSIA-UKRAINE AGREEMENT TO ENSURE GAS SUPPLY TO EUROPE"

"This situation is completely unacceptable". A joint statement by the Czech EU Presidency and the European Commission blames the fact that gas supplies to the European Union have been "substantially cut". The EU-27 reaction comes after a few days of political and diplomatic contacts. "Without prior warning and in clear contradiction with the reassurances given by the highest Russian and Ukrainian authorities to the European Union, gas supplies to some EU member States" have been substantially cut. Czech Prime Minister Topolanek and President of European Commission Barroso urge the "prompt restoration of supplies" and invite "both parties to resume negociations at once" with a view to a definite settlement of their commercial dispute. The current EU presidency and the Commission are worried about the gas in store especially because of the coldest season and express their intention "to continue in the dialogue with both parties" so that "they can reach an agreement immediately." ” ” ” “

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