MOSCOW Aug 27 Russian Energy Minister Alexander
Novak dismissed Ukraine's claims that Moscow plans to block gas
transit to Europe, saying on Wednesday that the assertions are
His comments were published after Ukrainian Prime Minister
Arseny Yatseniuk said earlier on Wednesday Kiev knew of Russian
plans to halt gas flows this winter to Europe.
Novak said in a statement that Russia will put forth
"maximum efforts" to fulfil gas contract obligations to European
importers regardless of political issues.
He also said Russia is open for "constructive dialogue" on
energy with interested partners including Ukraine.
(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Katya Golubkova, editing
by Thomas Grove)