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 Ukraine Can Survive Cold Season without Russian Gas, Deputy Prime Minister Says

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and at the same time Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Communal Living Volodymyr Groisman considers as realistic the idea of surviving the heating season of 2014/15 without purchasing Russian gas.

He stated this on Channel 5 Monday night, answering the question whether Ukraine can do without Russian gas in the upcoming heating season, Censor.NET reports, citing Interfax.

"We have a fairly high chance to go through the cold season tensely but steady. There are options, including the support of our European partners, that will allow us to solve this problem and become stronger," the Vice Prime Minister noted.

"We should have done it long time ago. I think that if we had have more time, we would have been. Yet we have no other choice," Groisman said.

As reported earlier, Groisman ordered to develop a plan of action to ensure a stable heating season without Russian gas. According to him, the plan should include a set of measures, in particular, regarding energy conservation, substitution of natural gas and its alternative supplies.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n291259