Friday, January 1, 2010

Gazprom: Ukraine contract to avert New Year gas war

MOSCOW, Dec 31 (Reuters) - Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom does not expect a New Year gas war with Ukraine after signing a 10-year contract to regulate supplies, the company's chief spokesman said on Thursday.
"We have signed, in our opinion, a good contract with Naftogaz Ukraine. Therefore we can mark this New Year at home," Sergei Kupriyanov (Gazprom spokesman) said during a live broadcast on Ekho Moskvy radio station. Kupriyanov said the risk of fines on Ukraine for low gas consumption in 2010 were close to zero. He also said Gazprom had suspended lawsuits against Ukraine's state firm Naftogaz in a Stockholm court related to the January 2009 gas crisis.