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    Ukriane's opposition faction, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, has called for the setting up of a parliamentary commission to investigate the ruling of a Stockholm court on RosUkrEnergo's dispute with Naftogaz

    Ukriane's opposition faction, the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, has called for the setting up of a parliamentary commission to investigate the ruling of a Stockholm court on RosUkrEnergo's dispute with Naftogaz.

    The Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal ruled on June 8 that Ukrainian state gas company Naftogaz owes its former gas supply intermediary, Swiss-registered RosUkrEnergo, 11 billion cubic meters of gas, which the trader says was illegally confiscated in January 2009, as well as fines of 1.1 billion cubic meters.

    Co- owner of RosUkrEnergo Firtash's Centragas filed a lawsuit with the Stockholm arbitration court against the Ukrainian government. Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko said Kiev does not have the gas to pay back what it owes to RosUkrEnergo.

    "We call this week for the immediate creation of a commission made up of candidates from all political fractions," opposition faction head Ivan Kyrylenko said.

    Last week, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko unveiled an agreement for Naftogaz to purchase 11 billion cubic meters of gas from the Russian energy giant Gazprom.

    Gazprom purchased the gas from Naftogaz in early 2009 for a total of $1.7 billion, and then the same day sold it back to Naftogaz at the same price, Russian Kommersant daily said.

    On Thursday, Tymoshenko's ally, former head of Ukraine's State Customs Service Anatoly Makarenko was detained as part of an investigation into the February 2009 dealings.

    KIEV, June 29 (RIA Novosti)

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