12:01 08.01.2009

Ukraine not able to stop Russia pumping gas through pipelines in Ukraine, says presidential envoy

The Ukrainian presidential envoy for international energy security, Bohdan Sokolovsky, has denied that Ukraine has siphoned off Russian gas and blocking its transit through Ukraine.

He backed his statements with documents he presented in Vienna on Wednesday, the presidential press service reported on Thursday.

"Sokolovsky said that Ukraine has no technical capability for stopping the pumping of Russian gas onto its territory, as all of the gas-[pumping] stations through which gas is supplied to Ukraine are located in Russia," reads the report.

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