Ukrainian President &to=http://english.pravda.ru/cis/2001/04/27/4354.html' target=_blank>Viktor Yushchenko promised Monday that Ukraine will guarantee Russian natural gas deliveries to Europe, despite bickering between Moscow and Kiev over gas prices.
The European Union gets almost half of its gas imports from Russia, mostly piped through Ukraine.
"Ukraine has given a state guarantee that the transit will be secured, and this guarantee is unconditional," Yushchenko said, according to his office.
Moscow has proposed more than tripling the price it charges Ukrain for gas from the current US$50 (Ђ42) per 1,000 cubic meters, a proposal rejected by Ukraine.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea