January 09, 2009 |
|KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine says it will allow Russian experts to join the EU mission to monitor gas flow through the country as part of a deal that would end a cutoff of Russian gas supplies to Europe.|
The European Union says "there is now agreement on the details of the monitoring mission. It is now imperative that the gas starts to flow."
Russia has vowed to restore supplies of natural gas through Ukraine if its officials are included in the monitoring mission. Russia cut off all gas deliveries through Ukraine Wednesday after a pricing dispute with its neighbor escalated.
European monitors are arriving in Kiev Friday. Valentyn Zemlyansky, spokesman for Ukraine's state gas company Naftogaz, said they will tour gas pumping stations together with Russian experts.