YALTA, Ukraine Nov 19 Russia believes existing
gas deals with Ukraine guarantee stable energy supplies to
Ukraine and Europe, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on
"We sincerely expect that all earlier reached agreements
will be implemented and from our side we guarantee full
implementation," Putin said after talks with Ukrainian Prime
Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
"It would be very good to meet the New Year without any
shocks," he said.
Putin said Russia had agreed not to impose fines on Ukraine
if it failed to use the volumes of gas it had agreed to. He
added that Russian payments to Ukraine for gas transit would
rise 60 percent in 2010 in line with earlier agreements.
(Moscow Newsroom, + 7 495 775 12 42)