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In the EU budget has no money to loan to Ukraine

June 19 2009
18:49

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said that the members of the EU summit in Brussels decided to grant loan to Ukraine to stabilize the "gas" situation. "At the moment I have nothing more specific I can not say," - added the head of the executive European Commission.

According to him, the EU wants to help Ukraine, and intends to explore how this can be done. However, he stressed that, for financial assistance in the EU budget has no money. "We have no money for the budget is impossible," - said Barroso.

He urged Russia and Ukraine to find a lasting solution to the problems in gas relations in order to prevent new interrupt the supply of Russian gas to European countries. Barroso also said that the EU will next week workshop on the situation with gas supplies in Europe.

However, European Commission chief said that the EU should be "prepared for the worst." "The threat of a new major gas crisis, there is a period of weeks, not months. And we must protect the citizens of Europe" - said the European Commission president.

In turn, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a press conference after the summit said the EU leaders discussed the situation with gas supplies through Ukrainian territory and described the situation in Ukraine as "extraordinary."

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