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Ukraine, Iran Discuss Iranian Gas Exports

12 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian National Defense and Security Council Secretary Petro Poroshenko is visiting Tehran for talks with Iranian officials on issues including the transit of Iranian natural gas to Europe via Ukraine.

Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Hassan Rohani, who met with Poroshenko on 11 July, said Iran could boost its exports of natural gas to international markets to 100 billion cubic meters in the coming years.

Poroshenko said Ukraine is ready to cooperate in exporting Iranian gas to Europe and to invest in the Iranian gas sector. He said Iran could provide up to half of the European demand for gas in the future.

Reports say the Ukrainian and Iranian sides were also expected to discuss steps to deepen political and economic cooperation, including in aerospace engineering, regional security, and efforts against drug trafficking.