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Press Releases

02.01.2006

Austria expresses EU concern about gas dispute

Russian and Ukrainian representatives called to the Austrian Foreign Ministry

 

Vienna, 2 January 2006 - According to the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Austria and the Ukrainian chargé d’affaires in Vienna were called to the Foreign Ministry today by the Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Johannes Kyrle. The Secretary-General expressed to them the concern of the European Union and its Member States at Russia’s decision to stop deliveries of gas to Ukraine at short notice on 1 January 2006.

This decision not only has serious repercussions for the energy situation in the region itself but – contrary to the original assurances from both Russia and Ukraine – it has already led to noticeable reductions in gas deliveries to some EU Member States. Secretary-General Kyrle referred in this connection to the letter of 31 December 2005 from the energy ministers of Germany, France, Italy and Austria to their Russian and Ukrainian counterparts, in which the four ministers make clear their expectation that gas deliveries to the EU countries would be maintained in full.

The Secretary-General called on the two sides to refrain from further unilateral steps and stressed that the European Union expected a negotiated solution that safeguards long-term energy supplies both in the region and in Europe as a whole.

 

Date: 26.01.2006