Ukraine Rejects Gas Theft Accusations

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said Ukraine's national company Naftogas Ukrainy is not siphoning off gas in excess of contract volumes.

"I would not like anyone to humiliate Ukraine or say things that are not true," Tymoshenko said in remarks about Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement that Russia would be prepared to cooperate with Ukraine in the gas sector if Ukraine stops "snitching gas."

Tymoshenko also said that Ukraine is "scrupulously registering all flows of gas, including transit gas, and does not deserve such statements."

"We have never taken and will never take a single droplet of gas that does not belong to us," the Ukrainian prime minister said.

Source: Interfax