Poland, Russia agree on draft gas accord
Poland and Russia reached an agreement on a draft contract for the delivery of increased amounts of gas to Poland following many-hours talks in Moscow on Sunday, the Polish Economy Ministry told the PAP news agency.
"The text of the inter-government agreement has been agreed on. It will be initiated after the conclusion of negotiations concerning operator's agreement between EuRoPolGaz and Gaz-System, " the ministry said, Xinhua reported.
The ministry assured that there is no threat of stoppage of Russian gas deliveries to Poland.
Under the deal, Russia is to increase gas deliveries to Poland to some 10 billion cubic meters annually. Some of the contract entries have to be renegotiated as they have been questioned by the European Commission.
Russia's Gazprom Export head Aleksandr Medvedev expressed hope that all procedure linked with the drafting of an operator's contract will be concluded within two-weeks time.
Poland's Deputy Economy Minister Joanna Strzelec-Lobodzinska said in Moscow on Sunday that an agreement has been reached at government level and that all its provisions will take effect following an agreement at corporate level.
The Sunday gas talks were attended by a European Commission representative. The previous meeting was held on Sept. 24.