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Ukraine-Slovakia gas deal is first step out of dependence on Russia
Ukraine-Slovakia gas deal is first step out of dependence on Russia

Ukraine and Slovakia signed a natural-gas transport deal Monday in what European officials hailed as the first step toward reducing Ukraine's heavy dependence on Russian supplies that are now more costly and at risk of being cut off as hostilities escalate between the two former Soviet republics. The agreement signed in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, envisions annually rerouting more than 8 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia and other suppliers to Ukraine through Slovakian pipelines, according to a summary of the deal provided by the European Commission. That would make up almost a third of the 28 billion cubic meters of gas Ukraine imported from Russia last year in the...

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