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Gazprom Says Ukraine Is Stealing European Gas

Aleksei Miller, president of Gazprom, earlier this month (ITAR-TASS) 26 January 2006 -- Russia's state-owned gas company, Gazprom, today accused Ukraine of stealing more Russian gas meant for European customers.

Gazprom released a statement saying the alleged siphoning "means a total absence of control in Ukraine's energy sector."

It's the latest accusation in a dispute between Moscow and Kyiv over energy prices and transit fees. The row peaked on 1 January, when Russia cut off supplies to Ukraine. That move also affected customers in Europe who receive Russian gas through Ukraine.

Ukraine's Antimonopoly Committee today said that the signing of a new deal in which Ukraine will buy Russian gas at higher prices has been delayed due to both sides' failure to produce the necessary documents.

(Reuters, Interfax)

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