Extracts from the press briefing by Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, and Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, on the Russia/Ukraine gas supply crisis

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-060203   Duration: 10:03:06  Lieu:
End production: 16/01/2009   First transmission: 16/01/2009
At the EC press briefing of 16 January 2009, Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, made statements on the state of play of the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Johannes Laitenberger, spokesperson of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:05
10:00:10 Soundbite by Johannes Laitenberger (in ENGLISH) saying that he can confirm that Commissioner Piebalgs and Minister Říman will be ready to go to Moscow to the meetings organised by Russia the following day; they expect that there is to be a meaningful discussion between Russia and Ukraine on the issue of transit to Europe. 00:00:27
10:00:38 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:00:43 Soundbite by Johannes Laitenberger (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission believes that the meetings of the following days will offer the last and best chance for Russia and Ukraine to demonstrate that they are serious about resolving this dispute; the gas must flow; they will regard this period as a test case for judging whether or not they are credible partners. 00:00:27
10:01:11 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:01:16 Soundbite by Ferran Tarradellas Espuny, spokesperson of Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, (in ENGLISH) saying that unfortunately the gas flow scenario was similar to that of the previous day; the Russians declared the same nominal flow of gas to Ukraine, exactly at the same entry points; the Ukrainian side expressed the same technical concerns than the previous day; as a result there was no transit of Russian gas through the country. 00:00:20
10:01:37 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:01:42 Soundbite by Johannes Laitenberger (in ENGLISH) referring to the statement by President Barroso to the European Parliament: saying that if there is no solution to this matter, as a matter of urgency, the European Commission will have no other option than to encourage the undertakings to take legal action; it is then for the undertakings that have entered into contracts with suppliers to take this legal action; then they will see what the undertakings that will go down the route of legal action will ask from the EU in terms of support. 00:00:42
10:02:25 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:02:29 Soundbite by Johannes Laitenberger (in ENGLISH) saying that the gas must flow, and if there is no solution found that weekend it is a very serious situation, which seriousness goes beyond the specific issue of gas; and it is absolutely clear that as of the following week, if the gas does not flow again, they will have to look point by point at the EU's relations with Russia and with Ukraine, and assess in each case whether they can continue to do business as usual under these circumstances. 00:00:37
10:03:06 Cutaway 00:00:03
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