Viktor Khristenko (file photo) (ITAR-TASS)
PRAGUE, May 17, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Russia has called on members of the Group of Eight (G8) most industrialized nations to adopt a common plan to guarantee global energy security.
Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said in a statement, posted on the website of Russia's G8 chairmanship, that Russia hopes that at the St. Petersburg summit in July, G8 leaders will engage in "a serious dialogue" and "will not let the specter of the Cold War undermine common goals."
Khristenko rejected as misplaced criticism in the West that Russia is using its energy resources for political manipulation. He said Russia was seeking to end the Soviet-era policy of subsidizing energy supplies to former Soviet republics "not for political, but for economic reasons."
He said developed nations have to "follow common rules."