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Ukraine to stop pumping Russian gas in underground storage tanks

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Ukraine to stop pumping Russian gas in underground storage tanks  - Sputnik International
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Ukraine is ready to stop pumping Russian natural gas into its underground storage facilities, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Monday.

KIEV, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine is ready to stop pumping Russian natural gas into its underground storage facilities, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Monday.

Gazprom Deputy CEO Valery Golubev said last week that Ukraine needed to pump at least 28 billion cubic meters of Russian natural gas into its underground storage facilities to meet its requirements and ensure uninterrupted Russian gas transit to Europe.

"We have determined that 25.5 billion cubic meters [which have already been pumped into Ukraine's underground gas storage facilities] are sufficient for us to live normally through the winter period and provide the country with gas. We can already stop pumping natural gas into gas storage tanks," Tymoshenko said.

The Ukrainian premier earlier said 27 billion cubic meters would be pumped into the country's underground storage facilities to provide for the ex-Soviet republic's energy stability in the fall and winter. Ukrainian underground storage facilities have a total capacity of 32 billion cubic meters.

Tymoshenko also said that the gas contracts signed between Russia and Ukraine at the start of the year must not be reviewed in any case.

Russia, which supplies around one quarter of Europe's gas, briefly shut down supplies via Ukraine's pipeline system at the start of the year during a dispute over Kiev's debt and new gas prices.

The conflict was resolved in January, when Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Tymoshenko agreed deals on deliveries to and gas transit through Ukraine for 2009.

The ex-Soviet state transits around 80% of Russia's Europe-bound gas.

 

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