Turkey: Russia invites European gas consumers to meeting
The Turkish energy minister said that the Russian president had called on European natural gas consumer countries to a meeting.
The Turkish energy minister said on Thursday that the Russian president had called on European natural gas consumer countries to a meeting.
Turkey's Energy and Natural Resources Minister Hilmi Guler said that Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev invited natural gas consuming European countries to a meeting on Saturday.
"The natural gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine still continues," Guler told reporters after he returned to Turkey from Russia.
Guler paid a two-day visit to the Russian capital of Moscow as the guest of Russian Energy Minister Sergey Ivanovich Shmatko.
The Turkish minister said that Europe was undergoing a very severe energy and natural gas crisis, and some countries had declared emergency rule for this reason.
Guler said that he sought solution to the problem during his talks with Russian authorities, and also told reporters that Turkey had an important position in settlement of the dispute.
"Turkey is asked to contribute to solution of the problem," he said.
Guler defined the crisis as serious, and said that Turkey was well managing the crisis although it was not reflected so much to the Turkish media.
On January 6, Guler announced that the flow of natural gas from the western line of Russia to Turkey via Ukraine completely stopped.
Russia's Natural Gas monopoly, Gazprom cut the natural gas flow to Ukraine at the beginning of this year after dispute with this country over natural gas prices.
Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, which receive their natural gas over Ukraine had announced there was decline in the flow of natural gas through their pipelines.
Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom resumed some gas supplies, Ukraine did not send the gas on to Europe.
Reuters Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2009, 12:30