Ukraine accuses Russia of stealing Ukrainian gas
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
BRUSSELS – Ukrainian Interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has accused Russia of stealing 2 billion cubic meters of gas by confiscating Chernomorneftegaz, a gas company based in the region of Crimea.
Russia stole our land, our companies and our wells, Yatsenyuk said Tuesday during a meeting with an EU delegation headed by EU President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels, which saw the signing of a financing agreement granting Ukraine 355 million euros.
Yatsenyuk said Ukraine is ready to pay its debts to Russia, but stressed that Ukraine wants an agreement in accordance with market conditions.
Barroso added that “Energy must not be used as a political tool”.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainian parliament has decided to establish an interim special commission to investigate separatist events in the eastern parts of the country and the deaths reported there.
In the first two weeks of May, 48 people were killed in a building blaze in the Ukrainian city of Odessa city, nine others were left dead in incidents in Mariupol and two in Kranoarmeysk.
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