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Ukrainian FM, Afghan President Discuss Energy Ties


http://gdb.rferl.org/2D259097-B32B-4D7F-A781-3B68B2A030E1_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/2D259097-B32B-4D7F-A781-3B68B2A030E1_mw800_mh600.jpg Afghan President Hamid Karzai (epa) KABUL, July 14, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met today in the Afghan capital Kabul for talks on energy cooperation.


RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service reports the two officials discussed the participation of Ukrainian companies in the development of gas fields in Afghanistan, according to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.


Yatsenyuk traveled to Kabul following talks in Ashgabat with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov.


Yatsenyuk said Ukraine sees Turkmenistan as not only an important energy partner but as an "important partner" on humanitarian, information, and construction projects.


Ukraine And European Energy Security

A worker inspects a gas facility outside of Kyiv (epa file photo)

MURKY CONNECTIONS. A year after the so-called gas war between Moscow and Kyiv, energy transhipments from Russia to Europe via Ukraine remain a concern. On December 1, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a briefing featuring Tom Mayne, an energy researcher for the London-based Global Witness. Mayne discussed the lack of transparency in the energy sectors of Ukraine, Russia, and gas supplier Turkmenistan.


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