Putin: Ukraine Is Holding Consumers Hostage

HILVERSUM, Holland -- The Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has severely criticised Ukraine's position in the conflict over gas between the two countries.

President of the EC Jose Manuel Barroso said Europe is losing its patience.

Putin says, Ukraine is holding European consumers hostage by refusing to allow gas through and is abusing its position as transit country.

Putin has called on the EU to take steps against Ukraine.

Kiev has in turn blamed Moscow for the lack of gas getting to eastern Europe.

It says Russia is supplying the gas via the wrong pipelines, making it impossible for Ukraine to transport.

The European Commission meanwhile has had enough of the gas row between the two countries.

President of the EC Jose Manuel Barroso is advising companies affected by the conflict to take legal action.

Source Radio Netherlands

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