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RF gov’t to follow closely situation with Gazprom in Europe -Putin

October 03, 2011, 12:32 UTC+3
Gazprom retains all of its rights, which we are ready to protect legally,” he said and expressed hope that “Gazprom’s legal interests will be observed
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NOVO-OGAREVO, October 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s government will follow closely the situation with Gazprom around Europe’s checking of the company, Russia’s Prime Minister said on Monday during his meeting with Gazprom’s CEO Alexei Miller.

“Russia’s government will follow most attentively what is happening around Gazprom,” he said. “Please report about it with no delay.”

Putin stressed that the company should me most open.

“It is necessary to cooperate with governments of the countries where you are working, it is necessary to be open, to assist the authorities, which make the checking, to provide realistic and exhaustive information,” Putin demanded.

Miller assured the prime minister that the company will continue to carry out its contracted obligations to the European partners “fully, in compliance with the present contracts.”

“Gazprom retains all of its rights, which we are ready to protect legally,” he said and expressed hope that “Gazprom’s legal interests will be observed.”

“For us, of course, these events have become an unpleasant surprise,” he said adding that “Gazprom has always been open for a dialogue.

Searches in the daughter companies in Europe and confiscation of documents “were absolutely unexpected.”

“Still, Gazprom has been working in European markets on the principle of equal partner relations with its clients,” Miller said. “Contracts’ obligations are based on intergovernmental agreements, on commercial reasons and comply fully with market conditions.”

“I hope that nobody has been arrested or imprisoned in Europe for contracts with Gazprom?” Putin inquired.

“No, Vladimir Vladimirovich, nobody has been arrested yet,” Miller assured the prime minister.

“Thank God,” Putin replied.

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