Russia Signs Accord as EU Seeks to Resume Gas Flows Via Ukraine

Russia and the European Union signed an accord on verifying the transit of Russian natural-gas through Ukraine, paving the way for the full resumption of fuel deliveries to Europe.

The accord was signed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin, OAO Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller and Czech Trade Minister Martin Riman, Russian state broadcaster Vesti-24 reported.

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, who holds the rotating EU presidency, held talks outside Moscow today in an effort to resume gas shipments cut during a debt dispute between Ukraine and Russia. Topolanek will fly to Kiev today to secure Ukraine’s approval of the agreement, Vesti said.

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