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Slovakia prepares line for reverse gas supplies to Ukraine

May 19, 2014, 15:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Slovakia’s stance on reverse gas flows to Ukraine complies with Gazprom agreement, Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov noted

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MOSCOW, May 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Slovakia is preparing a line for reverse natural gas supplies to Ukraine, Slovak Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcak stated after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

“Ukraine has asked us to help diversify gas supplies, we have done Ukraine a favor, and we are currently preparing such a line. We consider it normal and useful,” he said.

“As regards the supplies themselves, this is another operation. Our task is to supply. Who will pay — this is another issue,” Lajcak added. “It is important for us that this commercial operation conforms with international rules.”

“I would like to stress that in our negotiations with Ukraine with participation of the European Commission, we emphasized the non-acceptance of violating the agreements that already existed,” he said.

Slovakia’s approach towards starting reverse gas flows to Ukraine does not run counter to the agreements with Russia, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

“The Slovak government’s position does not violate the agreements with Gazprom and with the Russian government that is why we have no claims,” he said after talks with Slovak counterpart Miroslav Lajcak on Monday.

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