BRUSSELS, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - The European Union
on Thursday called on Russian energy giant Gazprom and
Ukraine's Naftogaz to reach a long-term agreement on secure
natural gas supplies.
"The Commission urged both parties, Gazprom and Naftogaz, to
reach a stable and long-term arrangement to secure transit
towards the EU," the Commission press release said.
The European Union made the announcement during the
conclusion of a meeting of an EU coordination group on gas,
attended by representatives of both Gazprom and Naftogaz.
Following the gas dispute between Moscow and Kiev that
halted deliveries to Europe for two weeks in January, the EU
has concerns over the potential risks to gas transit this
winter and measures to be taken for short- and medium-term
guarantees of delivery.
The statement called on all parties to fulfill completely
their legal and contractual obligations in regard to gas
transit to the EU.
The EU has ordered the coordination group to provide
detailed information on preparedness to deal with problems in
gas delivery this fall and winter by the next meeting on July