Russia wants to hold a summit of EU gas importers as the row over supplies continues.
Russian President Dimity Medvedev says he is inviting transit countries and consumer states to Moscow on Saturday. His declaration followed a meeting between the Russian Prime Minister and his counterparts from Bulgaria, Slovakia and Moldova. But, after their talks, Vladimir Putin put the blame firmly on Ukraine: “It is not our problem, it’s the problem of the transit country and they must solve it. European officials could do more to put pressure on the transit country to ensure European interests,” he added. Unsurprisingly, Kiev is portraying Moscow as the villain of the drama. Ukraine’s energy minister angrily accused Russia of being entirely to blame. “Our gas transit system is reliable. We have highly qualified Ukrainian specialists working there. Either Russia wants to supply gas to Europe or it intends to keep repeating such acts. The issue is now on the Russian side – particularly regarding European consumers,” he said. The only thing all sides agree on is that third countries are being held hostage by a dispute that has been running for years.