By LADKA BAUEROVA
BRATISLAVA (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine agreed
with neighbor Slovakia on conditions for supplying natural gas
from the European Union through Slovak
pipelines to reduce dependence on Russia.
The two sides agreed on conditions for flows of gas from
west to east and will sign a memorandum as soon as Ukraine is
ready, Vahram Chuguryan, a spokesman for Slovak pipeline
company Eustream, said by phone. Ukraine may sign the deal this
week, Kyiv Post online said, citing Energy Minister Eduard
Importing gas from the EU through Slovakia would provide an
alternative to Russian supplies at a time when Ukraine has been
rocked by protests led by pro-EU opposition to President Viktor
Yanukovych. The president backed off European integration deals under pressure
from Russia. In the biggest protests since the 2004 Orange
Revolution, hundreds of thousands gathered yesterday in Kiev,
where a statue of Vladimir Lenin was toppled.
We have reached an agreement in principle,
Chuguryan said. Now its up to the Ukrainian side to
set the date.
Talks with the European Commission are complete, he
said. The boards of Eustream and Ukrtransgaz, transport unit of
Ukraines state gas company Naftogaz, must sign the