Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Canada and Russia exchange snarky tweets

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger: Top opposition figure to be questioned in baby-trafficking scandal

Read more

  • First case of Ebola confirmed in Senegal

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Netflix to woo French with ‘House of Cards’ set in Marseille

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president

    Read more

Europe

Talks will resume as Kiev prepares to send gas chief to Moscow

Latest update : 2009-01-06

In the first sign of compromise in the energy dispute that has shaken Europe, the Ukraine has announced it will send the head of its gas company to Moscow. Gazprom said Russia was ready to resume talks.

AFP - Ukraine said Tuesday it would send the head of its gas company to Moscow this week to resume talks with Russian gas giant Gazprom, the first sign of compromise in an energy dispute that has shaken Europe.
   
"I am going to Moscow on January 8," Oleh Dubina, chief of Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz, said at a news conference.
   
In Moscow, Gazprom quickly reiterated its readiness to resume talks immediately.
   
"We are ready to start negotiations, considering the crisis situation, at any minute," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said.
   
Kupriyanov said however that the Russian company was "surprised" Ukraine wanted to wait another two days before returning to the negotiating table.
   
The current gas crisis was triggered when negotiations between Gazprom and Naftogaz collapsed shortly before midnight on New Year's Eve, prompting Russia to follow through the next morning in cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine.
   
In the days that followed, Gazprom accused Ukraine of illegally siphoning Russian gas from pipelines crossing its territory -- gas that was meant to be sent to Gazprom customers in Europe.
   
Ukraine denied that accusation, instead blaming Russia for intentionally reducing volumes of gas to provoke a crisis.
   
Both companies have called daily for a resumption of talks, but each has demanded the other send a delegation to their respective capitals -- a compromise neither appeared ready to make prior to the Naftogaz announcement.
   
Dubina had previously said he would return to Moscow only on condition Russia was ready for a "normal approach" to talks.
   
He said he had agreed to travel to Moscow after speaking by telephone with Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller.
  

Date created : 2009-01-06

COMMENT(S)