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April 2 2008

The Government of Serbia on Thursday to consider ratifying the oil and gas agreement with Russia signed in the Kremlin, January 25, 2008. This is a rather unexpected turn of events, as the government is in retirement and performs clerical duties.

In that case, if a majority of members of the government of Vojislav Kostunica favors "for", the agreement will be sent to parliament for ratification.

Decree of President Boris Tadic, The National Assembly dissolved and early parliamentary elections are scheduled for May 11. It was believed that the ratification of the agreement, without which it is impossible to create a Russian-Serbian joint venture and begin work on laying the Serbian section of South Stream gas pipeline ", delayed, at least until mid-June.

Moscow agreement, suggesting, in addition to laying pipeline from Bulgaria to Serbia and later in Western Europe, the purchase by Gazprom a controlling stake in state-owned Serbian Oil Industry (NIS), and completion of an underground gas storage Banatski-yard "was elaborated in Belgrade in 1926 February in the framework of the visit of Dmitry Medvedev, who then arrived in the Serbian capital as the first Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Board of Gazprom.

The parties agreed that the pipeline should start in 2013. But the political crisis in Serbia has called into question the ability to comply with the stipulated terms of the project. Although the Secretary General of the Serbian parliament Tamara Stoychevich said about the existing "theoretical possibility" that the Assembly will meet on the recommendation of the government for an emergency meeting and ratified the oil and gas agreements.

"Parliament has been dissolved, but he has the right to hold meetings and make decisions on current and pressing issues. However, we still have not received from the government to ratify the text of the agreement. If this happens, and the cabinet will point to the need to consider this document as urgent meeting of the Assembly may be convened, "- she said, ITAR-TASS reported with reference to the news agency Tanjug.

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