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Ukraine deems single CIS energy market unprofitable

      RBC, 30.05.2007, Kiev 09:33:07.Ukraine considers a common CIS energy market to be unprofitable, Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Minister Yury Boyko said commenting on Ukraine's refusal to sign the agreement on the common CIS energy market at the heads of government summit in Yalta on May 25.

      Boyko said that the decision was made under no political pressure. Ukraine understands that as the possible partners currently differ in their energy producing capacity there would be no fair competition on the CIS market. Such an agreement would put Ukraine immediately at a disadvantage compared to Russia, as the gas and coal prices for Russian power plants are way lower than those for Ukrainian plants, he added.

      The Minister explained that Ukraine to seeking to harmonize tariffs and prices for all fuel and energy resources instead.

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