Ukraine to start gas imports from Europe via Slovakia, Hungary in Q1 2013.

By bne IntelliNews February 8, 2013
Ukraine plans to start importing natural gas from Europe through Slovakia and Hungary by the end of the first quarter of 2013, Ria Novosti reported, quoting Ukraines Energy and Coal Industry Minister Eduard Stavytsky. According to Stavytsky, the ministry is working on some technical issues with Slovakia, while issues with Hungary have already been settled. Ukraine is currently importing gas from Europe through Poland in a bid to reduce dependence on gas supplies from Russia, as the two countries have been in a prolonged dispute over the terms of existing gas contracts. Kiev plans to buy gas not only from its current partner, Germanys RWE, which started supplies to Ukraine in November 2012, Stavitsky said, but he declined to name other possible suppliers.

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