Russia Approves International Gas Observer Mission | 


Russia Approves International Gas Observer Mission

Moscow/Kiev - Russia on Saturday approved a European Union initiative for international observers to monitor Russian gas deliveries via Ukraine, raising hopes of a possible end to a Kremlin embargo on energy supplies to Europe.

But the mandata - a key demand by Moscow to lift its embargo of gas supplies - must still be approved by the Ukraine.

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, signed the agreement with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Saturday afternoon.

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