10:49 06.02.2009

Kyiv considers Russian president's statement about gas losses compensation unfriendly act

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has expressed surprise at the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's statement that Ukraine must compensate for gas crisis losses to the European countries.

"Such emotional statements are unfriendly and hostile towards Ukraine and the EU member-states," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Friday morning.

At the same time, the Foreign Ministry stressed that the statement of the Russian president about Ukraine's responsibility in this matter contradicts the provisions and the spirit of the agreement about friendship, cooperation and partnership between the two states signed in 1997.

Ukraine has no binding obligations to the EU states on Russian natural gas supply, the Foreign Ministry said. At the same time, it stressed that all the responsibility for the implementation of the agreements with the European customer in this matter lies with the Russian side.

According to the Foreign Ministry's statement, Ukraine has always carried out and will be meeting in the future its obligations concerning Russian gas transit stipulated in the effective agreements and contracts.

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