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Iranian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe discussed in Tehran

Tehran, Feb 24, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- The Iranian-Ukrainian talks in the Iranian capital focused on the issue of Iranian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe. Iranian Ambassador to Ukraine Bahman Taherian Mobarake and Ukrainian Fuel Minister Ivan Plachkov exchanged views on the prospects for bilateral cooperation in the energy sphere.

According to the Iranian news agency IRNA, Plachkov expressed Ukraine's readiness to import Iranian natural gas and take part in the implementation of oil and gas recovery projects in Iran.

The Iranian diplomat for his part came out in favor of calling a regular meeting of the joint energy committee in the context of Ukraine's consent to allow Iranian gas transit to Europe.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi at their meeting held within the framework of the Davos World Economic Forum in late January expressed mutual intention to develop cooperation in various spheres, IRNA said.

Iran is placed second in the world in the amount of natural gas deposits, after Russia.

Iran accounts for some 16 percent of the global natural gas reserves.

A festive ceremony on the occasion of the completion of the fourth and fifth stages of the development of a major world's natural gas deposit South Pars will be held one of these days in the presence of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

South Pars gas reserves are estimated at 13 trillion cubic meters.

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