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The Polish president has called for an alternative "gas summit"
The Polish president has called for an alternative "gas summit" to be held in Ukraine on Friday, according to Polish media reports.

The summit would bring together the heads of the 10 Russian gas consuming countries that have been most affected by the current gas dispute between Moscow and Kiev. Polish analysts have speculated that Lech Kaczynski's proposal could be an attempt to disrupt a planned gas summit on January 17 in Moscow.

Kaczynski is due to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yushchenko in Kiev at 1:20 pm (10:20 GMT) on Friday to discuss the ongoing gas row between Russia and Ukraine. Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski is already in the Ukrainian capital to hold discussions on the issue.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry later said however that it currently had no information on the Polish president's proposal for a Kiev summit.

On Wednesday, Yushchenko met Kaczynski at the Polish president's residence outside Warsaw. Both leaders urged Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus to actively support Kiev in the gas conflict with Russia.

Yushchenko also outlined to Kaczynski Kiev's view of the situation surrounding the transit of Russian gas via Ukraine to Europe. The Polish president subsequently announced at a press conference that "the gas crisis that is holding Europe hostage is due to Russia's policies."

The Ukrainian leader, facing possible impeachment at home, also held talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London late on Thursday to discuss energy security issues amid the protracted gas conflict. He insisted that Ukraine had not tapped Russian gas intended for Europe.

Ukraine and Russia have been embroiled in a bitter gas dispute over gas prices and a new contract on natural gas supplies, which resulted in the suspension of deliveries to Ukraine on January 1. A week later, Russian gas monopoly Gazprom cut off supplies to Europe, saying Ukraine was stealing gas intended for EU consumers.

Following mediation by the EU, the two sides agreed to resume supplies. However, a test delivery was unsuccessful on Tuesday and Russian gas via Ukraine has so far failed to reach the EU, leading Moscow to accuse Kiev of blocking the gas deliveries.

Gazprom said on Friday that it had received a fourth refusal from Naftogaz to transit Russian gas on to Europe over "insufficient gas supply volumes" and the lack of a "technical" gas transfer agreement for 2009.

Russia insists its gas exit points have been open for four days now with gas pressure along the export pipeline sufficient to allow for the immediate resumption of gas transits to Europe.

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