Gazprom accuses Ukraine of stealing natural gas

Jan 2 | Updated: Jan 3 2006, 07:39am hrs
OAO Gazprom said Ukraine is siphoning off natural gas to European customers as Austria and Hungary say supplies are declining, according to spokesperson Igor Volobuyev.

Gazprom plans to present evidence to reporters at noon on Monday, Mr Volobuyev said on Monday by telephone.

Decreased pressure in the pipelines across Ukraine may reduce gas deliveries to western Europe, the Ukraines state gas company, NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, said in an e-mailed statement on Sunday.

Russias foreign ministry said Russia will fulfill gas contracts with European customers, according to a statement on its web site on Sunday.

Any decline in supplies is Ukraines responsibility, the ministry said.

Bloomberg

Pressure Paramount
Gazprom plans to present evidence to reporters at noon on Monday
Decreased pressure in the pipelines across Ukraine may reduce gas deliveries to western Europe
Russia's foreign ministry said Russia will fulfil gas contracts with European customers