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Barroso: Banks Might Help Ukraine With Gas Funds

EC President Jose Manuel Barroso
BRUSSELS, June 19 (Reuters) -- International financial institutions are willing to help provide "stop-gap funding" to Ukraine to help it deal with problems paying for Russian gas imports, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on June 19.

Barroso was briefing a summit of European leaders on Ukraine's financial problems and the threat that might lead to Russia cutting off gas supplies next month, including gas intended for transit to Europe.

Barroso said he spoke on June 18 with International Financial Institutions (IFIs) including the International Monetary Fund and European gas companies to find a way through the impasse.

"IFIs and the European gas companies said they were help provide stop-gap funding," Barroso said, according to speaking notes seen by Reuters.

"There is the risk of another major gas crisis in weeks," he later told reporters.