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Yushchenko feels itself at war

January 2 2006

"Russia is behaving like during the war", said Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. This came after a three-hour meeting of the operational staff, created to solve the gas problem. According to Yushchenko, despite the crisis, people do not feel the pressure drop in the gas transportation system.

"We want to say that Ukraine is in the gas balance, we are able today to tell the citizens of Ukraine that they will not be left without gas," - the president said. at a meeting with it was a mechanism to mobilize resources so that those 120 million cubic meters of gas per day, which as of today Ukraine does not receive from Russia, to cover the expense of domestic capacity and reserves.

At the same time, he said, municipal system, local authorities, industrial users of gas for the period until the settlement of this issue should go to a special mode of operation.

Earlier, Ukraine sent a Gazprom official refusal to the proposal of the Russian side, which was ready to keep in force in 2005, the tariffs for gas supply in the I quarter of 2006, but only if Ukraine agreed to continue to buy gas on the proposed Gazprom's price - $ 230 per thousand cubic meters. m

Gazprom before the procedure started off in Ukraine on Russian gas and to reduce the pressure in the pipeline, through which gas flows to Ukraine. According to representatives of Gazprom's decision to lower the pressure in the pipeline - a necessary step, prompted by the refusal of the Ukrainian side to accept the Russian proposals in the gas sector.

After Gazprom has begun the procedure for disabling of Ukraine on Russian gas and to reduce the pressure in the pipeline, through which gas flows to Ukraine, the Ukrainian authorities, apparently, not cut off consumers on Ukrainian territory, resulting in a reduction in gas supplies Europe, RBC reports.

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