Slovakia confirms commitment to provide reverse gas to Ukraine - diplomat

A senior Slovakian diplomat has reaffirmed his government's commitment to ensuring reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine.

A senior Slovakian diplomat has reaffirmed his government's commitment to ensuring reverse supplies of gas to Ukraine.

"We understand how important this issue is for Ukraine. This is one of the key issues in energy security," Peter Burian, the state secretary for the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said at a press conference in Lviv on Monday.

"For my part, as a representative of the Slovakian republic, I want to confirm our commitment to ensure reverse flows of gas. Those deliveries are taking place right now and will reach 10 billion cubic meters for the year," Burian said.

The issue came up for discussion at a meeting of diplomats from the four countries that make up the Vyshegrad Group plus Ukraine. The Vyshegrad countries proposed an energy conservation project for Ukraine. "We believe this will help Ukraine to lower reliance on outside resources, notably by cutting consumption in the private sector and in utilities, and by reducing losses," Burian said.

Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Natalia Galibarenko said that aside from the energy security issue, the meeting also touched on issues concerning implementation of the EU-Ukraine association agreement, cultural cooperation and introduction of a visa free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

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