Thursday, December 18, 2008
Gazprom warns Europe of possible gas shortages
RBC, 18.12.2008, Moscow 16:03:10. – Gazprom will inform its European partners of Ukraine's delay in natural gas payments, official spokesman for Gazprom Sergei Kupriyanov told a press conference today. Earlier, Gazprom representatives already warned European consumers about the existing situation, Kupriyanov said, and it will also inform them of today's announcements by Ukraine that it will make no more debt payments this year. Gazprom will send all of its partners letters signed by the chairman of the company's management board with a comprehensive assessment of the current situation and existing risks, Kupriyanov noted. He added that if any gas transit problems arose, the responsibility would lie entirely with Ukraine.