January 8, 2009 / 5:09 PM / 11 years ago

Putin: Russia to resume gas exports under EU monitors

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) - Russia will resume gas exports to Europe as soon as EU monitors arrive at gas compressor stations along the route, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

“As soon as people show up there and really sit down and start working, gas will immediately resume flowing,” Putin told reporters at his residence outside Moscow.

Russia, whose image is being damaged by the gas row, was prepared to pay Ukraine a transit fee of $3-4 per 1,000 cubic meters over 100 km, up from $1.70 now, Putin said.

Putin, citing the “collapse” of authorities in Kiev and high-level corruption in Ukraine as reasons for the dispute, called on Ukrainian leaders to come to Moscow to sign a new gas deal.

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