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EU Calls Emergency Russia-Ukraine Gas Meeting

(RFE/RL) 30 December 2005 -- The European Union today called an emergency meeting of member states' energy officials amid fears its natural gas supplies might be disrupted as a result of a dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

The meeting, to be chaired by EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs, will take place in Brussels on 4 January.

Gazprom has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine from 1 January unless Kyiv agrees to a large price increase.

Much of Europe's natural gas originates in Russia and is shipped through pipelines that transit Ukraine.