Slovakia agrees to deliver gas to Ukraine
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) -- Slovakia has agreed to use reverse-flow
deliveries to send natural gas to Ukraine, which is facing a threat from
Russia to cut off supplies because of a massive debt.
The Slovak pipeline operator Eustream says both sides have reached a
deal during talks in Kiev.
In a Saturday statement, Eustream said it would sign a memorandum of
understanding with Ukraine's Ukrtransgaz in Bratislava Monday.
Slovakia will use a currently unused pipeline from Vojany to Ukraine's
western city of Uzhorod. Ukraine could get about a fifth of its gas needs
through the pipeline.
Ukraine wanted Slovakia to provide the gas through four pipelines that flow
Russian gas through Ukraine to Slovakia and Western Europe, but that was
rejected because it would violate a Slovak deal with Russia's Gazprom.