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Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko reassured the European Union on Wednesday
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko reassured the European Union on Wednesday that Ukraine remained a reliable transit country for Russian gas, a day after Gazprom's test gas delivery to Europe failed.

Under Monday's deal with the European Union and Ukraine, the Russian energy giant on Tuesday resumed pumping gas into Ukraine for transit to Europe. However, the transit gas did not reach Europe.

"Ukraine is interested in being perceived by Europe as a reliable Russian gas transit partner," Tymoshenko told a government session on Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Wednesday Gazprom said that international monitors had confirmed Ukraine was blocking the transit of Russia's Europe-bound natural gas supplies through its territory.

Ukraine has claimed instead that Russia has not sent enough "technical gas" to maintain the pressure necessary to send the required volumes to Europe. Kiev also said that Moscow had demanded gas for Europe be sent along a complicated route that would require Ukraine to cut off supplies to its own people.

Tymoshenko said Russia had not resumed gas supplies to Slovakia, one of the worst-hit EU member countries in the gas row between Russia and Ukraine.

"The head of the Ukrainian government pointed out that EU gas transit monitors can confirm the information that Russia has not resumed gas supplies towards Slovakia," the government's press office said.

"If gas is pumped today, it will be immediately sent to Europe. Ukraine is a reliable partner ... in relation to gas supplies," the press office quoted Tymoshenko as saying.

According to the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN, small volumes of transit gas and the wrong pipeline were the two reasons given by Tymoshenko to explain why Russian transit gas failed to reach Europe.

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