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EU to assess Russian-Polish gas deal within 48 hours

© Flickr / Stuart ChalmersEU to assess Russian-Polish gas deal within 48 hours
EU to assess Russian-Polish gas deal within 48 hours - Sputnik International
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The European Commission will assess the new gas agreement between Poland and Russia for compliance with EU legislation within 48 hours, a European Commission representative said on Thursday.

The European Commission will assess the new gas agreement between Poland and Russia for compliance with EU legislation within 48 hours, a European Commission representative said on Thursday.

Last week Russia and Poland ended a four-year impasse on energy supplies by signing new gas supply and transit agreements.

"We will need about 48 hours to explore all the articles before we can comment more specifically," energy spokeswoman Marlene Holzner said.

Moscow promised Warsaw discounts if it bought more gas, Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said last Friday following a meeting with his Polish counterpart, Waldemar Pawlak.

The European Union, which relies on Russia for about a quarter of the natural gas it consumes, had expressed concern that the new Russian-Polish deal would not comply with EU legislation.

"[The agreements] take into account new elements related to EU market regulation," Pawlak said.

On Tuesday, Russian energy giant Gazprom said the European Commission was "satisfied" with the new gas supply deal between the countries.

The row between Poland and Gazprom started in 2006, when Warsaw wanted to increase the transit tariff on its stretch of the Yamal-Europe pipeline. Gazprom insisted on a rate set by an intergovernmental agreement and filed a suit against Poland, which it won in 2008.

BRUSSELS, November 4 (RIA Novosti) 

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