April 7, 2010
This story about Gas pipelines in Ukraine was published by EurActiv on 7th April.
Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told EurActiv yesterday (6 April) that his country welcomed recent proposals by the new government in Kiev for a “three-sided” plan to modernise Ukraine’s gas pipeline network, with Moscow’s involvement.
“We envisage a three-sided approach to modernisation: the participation of Russia, the EU and the Ukrainian side,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced in Kiev on 2 April.
“Russia has been in favour of such cooperation all along,” Chizhov said, welcoming the fact that the new statements from Kiev appeared to reverse a March 2009 agreement signed between the European Commission and then-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which excluded Moscow (see ‘Background’).
This “botched” declaration, as Chizhov called it, had seen the light despite the fact that the idea of creating a tripartite consortium between Ukraine, Russia and Germany to revamp the Ukrainian gas transit system had already been floating around for several years, he said.
“Now if it is Ukraine, Russia and the EU, so much the better,” Chizhov said.
Planning any large-scale projects in this area requires the cooperation of all the parties involved, the Russian diplomat added.
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