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Press Statement
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 12, 2009


Ukraine/Russia: Agreement to Restore Gas Flows to Europe

The United States welcomes the agreement brokered by the Czech Presidency of the European Union to enable the restoration of gas flows to European customers and to provide greater transparency along the transit route.

Now that this agreement is in place, we call upon Russia to restore gas flows immediately. We also urge Russia and Ukraine to conclude quickly a deal on the sale and transit of gas. This incident once again underscores the importance of diversifying supplies of natural gas and of transparent, market-oriented arrangements for the sale and shipment of natural gas.

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Released on January 12, 2009

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