Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov: “Ukraine is not prepared for constructive cooperation”

If the gas crisis over in economic plan, the war of the statement isn’t finished.

The Russian Foreign Ministry, S. Lavrov expressed on yesterday evening his disappointment over its “Ukrainian colleagues'” reaction to recently-signed contracts on gas supplies and transit.

Conform RIA Novosti, “The reaction of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, in connection with the situation in Russian-Ukrainian relations in the gas sphere, is not very healthy…The statement by the ministry demonstrates that, alas, it is not prepared for constructive cooperation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Remember that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Russia on Tuesday of carrying out a “gas information war.” It also said Russia had planned to destabilize the internal situation in Ukraine and disrupt its gas transportation system.

During the talks between Prime Ministers Vladimir Putin and Yulia Tymoshenko, the sides agreed to resume the transit of Russian natural gas to Europe via Ukraine, approved the European pricing formula for gas deliveries to Ukraine, and decided to abandon gas trade intermediaries. The gas price for Ukraine will be $360 in the first quarter of 2009, or 80% of the earlier claimed European price for Ukraine of $450. Later the price for Ukraine will change every three months depending on the average European price, which is likely to fall because it depends on oil prices six months previous.

The duel’s statements of the two foreign ministers is not haphazard. Today and tomorrow, Ukraine and Russia will hold consultations on demarcating maritime boundaries between the two countries in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. Russia and Ukraine have been in dispute over the maritime boundary since the early 1990s. Ukraine insists that a border be drawn in the Kerch Strait, which links the Sea of Azov to the Black Sea, that matches the administrative border that existed between Russia and Ukraine in the former Soviet Union.

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