Victor Yanukovych at EU headquarters in Brussels in September 2006 (epa)
February 7, 2007 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has criticized as a "political game" a new law banning any handover of Ukraine's gas pipelines.
Parliament passed the measure on February 6 after the pro-Western opposition accused Yanukovych of intending to hand over Ukraine's gas pipelines to Russia.
But Yanukovych said today his government had never discussed the existing gas-transport system with Russia -- only the possibility of building new pipelines.
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.