4 Mar 2010 18:33

Ukraine must strictly observe all gas accords

MOSCOW. March 4 (Interfax) - Moscow hopes Ukraine will strictly observe all gas accords with Russia.

"The Russian side stems from the belief that all agreements and contracts in the gas sphere must be strictly fulfilled, including the pledge to guarantee uninterrupted shipments of Russian gas to European consumers," a Kremlin source told Interfax ahead of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's visit to Moscow on March 5.

Joint fuel and energy projects, including projects in the gas sector, rank among priorities in trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Ukraine, he said.

Moscow and Kyiv also have good prospects for further strategic interaction in peaceful uses of nuclear energy, he said.

The Russian-Ukrainian summit talks are expected to address cooperation in the transport sector, "including ways to develop multimodal transport and expanding the scope of transport," the source said.

Russian and Ukrainian machine-building companies, including aircraft and rocket building industries, are linked with traditional production, scientific and technical ties, the source said.

Trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has good prospects, he said.