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Russia, EU don't expect another gas conflict with Ukraine - Piebalgs

MOSCOW. Nov 16 (Interfax) - Russia and the European Union do not
expect another gas conflict with Ukraine, European Energy Commissioner
Andris Piebalgs said.

He said the Ukrainian gas pipelines were operating normally, there
were no gas price negotiations or questions other than that of gas

A new gas conflict with Ukraine is unlikely, Russian Energy
Minister Sergei Shmatko said. "Claims that Ukraine will be unable to pay
for gas are made from time to time. Yet, I must say that the Ukrainian
gas company has always met its commitments. We hope the commitments will
also be met in the future," he said.

"The Ukrainian gas pipelines are in good condition," Shmatko said.
According to the Energy Ministry, Ukraine has stored almost 26 billion
cubic meters of gas. "Speculations [god forbid] can be the only possible
reason for disruptions in gas delivery to Europe. The level of the
political dialog is high, and a lot has been done [to prevent possible
problems]," Shmatko said.

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