BRUSSELS, April 17 The European Union is willing
to hold talks with Russia and Ukraine on gas security, it said
in reply to a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin in
which he warned of gas supply disruption.
"We believe that this approach allows for the most useful
process with the Russian Federation and other third parties,"
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said in his
reply to Putin, released by the European Commission on Thursday.
Putin warned EU leaders a week ago that Russia would cut
natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and
said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to
(Reporting by Barbara Lewis)