Russia-Ukraine gas deal secures EU winter supplies

'No reason for Europeans to be cold this winter' says Barroso

(ANSA) - Rome, October 31 - Russia agreed an EU-brokered gas deal with Ukraine Thursday that will secure winter supplies to the European Union.
    "There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter,'' said European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.
    European Union energy chief Guenther Oettinger said he was confident that Ukraine would be able to afford to pay for the gas it needed.
    He added that the agreement might be the "first glimmer" of hope in easing tensions between Russian and Ukraine over a pro-Moscow insurrection in eastern Ukraine.
   

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