MOSCOW, March 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is putting
off government consultations with Ukraine until its natural gas
declaration with the EU is clarified, President Dmitry Medvedev
said on Tuesday.
Ukraine and the European Union signed a declaration on
Monday to modernize the ex-Soviet state's natural gas pipeline
network. Russia, which transits about 80% of its Europe-bound
gas via Ukraine, said it was excluded from the talks in
Brussels, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin threatened to
review ties with the EU.
"The consultations will take place after Russia has
received answers to its questions," Medvedev told a Security