Ukraine confirms no Russia oil cutoff threat for New Year
Russia and Ukraine have resolved a dispute over oil transit issues, and fuel will flow uninterrupted after the New Year, Ukrainian energy officials said Tuesday, DPA reported.
Negotiators for the two former Soviet republics agreed on a 30 per cent hike to transit fees paid by Russia for shipment of oil through Ukrainian piplelines during 2010, said Valentyn Zemilansky, a spokesman for the Ukraine's state-owned Naftogaz Ukrainy energy concern.
Russian officials on Monday issued a formal warning to the European Union of a potential cut-off of oil supplies sent to Western Europe via Slovakia at the end of 2009, if a new oil shipment contract between Kiev and Moscow was not signed.
Russia will during 2010 pay Ukraine 6.6 euros (9.2 dollars) per ton of oil shipped to European consumers, as compared to 7.8 dollars per ton for 2009, according to an Interfax news agency report.
Slovakia's Industry Minister Lubomir Jahnatek on Monday said he had been briefed on the agreement during a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko.
The agreement provides "uninterrupted delivery" for the coming year, 2010, of Russian oil for the European countries via Ukraine, Jahnatek's spokesperson Branislava Zvara told the German Press Agency