Gazprom says Ukraine won't negotiate gas deal
The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom says Ukraine has been boycotting negotiations on a contract dispute that has led to supply reductions in several European countries, AP reported.
Gazprom Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev added Saturday that Ukraine has been siphoning off natural gas from some of Russia's shipments to other countries and also from underground storage.
He says the company has been using alternative routes that don't cross Ukraine but does not have enough capacity there to bring supplies to normal levels. As a result, countries including Romania, Hungary and Poland are therefore suffering a reduction in supplies.
Medvedev is on a tour to explain to European customers who he believes is to blame for the situation.