Investigators release Gogol-Center artistic director after questioningSociety & Culture May 24, 2:32
London may be among contenders for 2018 FIDE chess world championship — FIDESport May 24, 2:29
Putin begins talks with visiting Philippine leaderRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 24, 0:15
Mechanism of alerting on cyberattacks practically never used by US — spokespersonWorld May 23, 22:19
Putin praises work of Independent Public Anti-Doping CommissionSport May 23, 20:38
Russia needs expanding representation in global sports federations — ministerSport May 23, 20:21
Russian athletes must be trained for Olympics under certain geographic conditions — PutinSport May 23, 19:38
Final charges brought against Russian ex-economy minister UlyukayevBusiness & Economy May 23, 18:59
WADA delegation to visit Moscow this week to help with membership reinstatementSport May 23, 18:48
KIEV, January 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Ukraine has at its disposal the necessary resources to carry out the upgrade of the gas pipeline system on its own, but it would prefer this to be done by an international consortium, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told users of the Facebook social network.
“True, Ukraine has the resources to upgrade its gas pipeline system. But that means that we shall have to distract big money from other tasks, for instance, to take away the necessary funds from the health service and education. You will agree that this is not the best of all decisions. So our proposal is for creating an international consortium that would undertake to upgrade our system,” Azarov said.
At negotiations with Russia Ukraine insists on the creation of a trilateral consortium for upgrading and running the pipeline system. The consortium would also include Russia and the European Union. For its part, Russia insists on a two-party consortium, excluding the European Union. The EU supports a trilateral consortium and is waiting for Russia’s consent.
The Ukrainian pipeline system would cost no less than five billion dollars to upgrade.